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811  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: wii games that don't require motion controller on: January 06, 2013, 11:34:52 AM


Also any Gamecube game provided you have an earlier model of the Wii (which you probably don't given the purpose of this thread).

I actually lucked out and ended up with 2 older backward compatable white wii's.... a client traded me them for tattoo-time-LoL.... that is why I'm asking actually, because all I've used them for is playing gamecube and snes titles..... they are also great for playing other consoles titles as well but I don't think it is kosher to get into discussing that, so I'm gonna lay that to rest there....

So having exhausted everything from yester-year worth playing (with the exception of skies of arcadia) I thought I should get a "wii" bit more current with nintendo-- HarHarhar.... (that was a lame joke, just in case you didn't catch it)
812  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 06, 2013, 11:19:45 AM
Yeah, he really has no one to blame but himself.
We all told Klyde to skip Rorona but he just wouldn't listen...

Heck, even Gust is skipping it with their Vita re-releases.  They did Totori, are working on Meruru, but haven't said a peep about re-releasing Rorona.

What can I say guys... when your right, your right...... however that advice wasn't requested by me or given by you until I had already sunk 15 hours into the game.... my compulsive/completionist nature got the better of me.... can't you forgive a guy for being a bit disordered???? LoL
I liked Rorona, but I also liked the older titles, which were even stricter; somehow I've a feeling they wouldn't be too popular around here.

Ayesha's story is, on the surface, somewhat similar to Totori's. Ayesha lives alone after her guardian died and her sister "disappeared" while out. One day, while she's collecting ingredients, she thinks she sees her sister, thus, provoking her to go search for clues to her fate.

On a related note, if anyone's interested:
http://www.amazon.com/Atelier-Artworks-Arland-Gust/dp/1926778634/

I adored the more "standard adventure" atelier series on the ps2.... I still need to finish that as well, but atelier iris (in spite a very lacking narrative) was a very enjoyable title in most respects by my standards.... In fact I am quite certain I will go back to, and polish off all the ps2 titles (including the mana khemias) before returning to arland.....

I can understand that. Rorona was my first atelier game and even though I liked it, you can tell there arw some rough edges. However the improvements from Rorona to Totori are huge.
Since you are still burned out of Rorona, I'd say drop it and whenever you find Totori or Meruru for a good price give them a chance.

As a whole, I think Meruru is the better game but as a character and motivations I go with Totori. her relationship with Mimi is too good to miss!

As for Ayeasha, anybody knows what the main plot is about? I heard a little about a missing sister but I'm not even sure anymore. What I really paid attention to was the new artwork which is lovely.

No trouble finding the titles... I am a limited edition addict (referencing my disordered nature once again), perpetually scared by missing out on some Nisa exclusives in the past.... as a result I managed to collect the limited edition of every NA release of an atelier title since Iris on the ps2....I have been tempted to crack open meruru for my barrel t-shirt but that is part of the fun when I decide to start the game-LoL

As for Ayesha's story and plot, from what I understand, reuniting with the missing sister is the long and the short of it.... Beyond that all I have read is that Ayesha herself is an herbalist who's grandfather died.... literally guys.... that is all the story details given on the wiki....
813  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: wii games that don't require motion controller on: January 05, 2013, 05:26:48 PM
I know Klonoa doesn't, and NSMBWii's may be mild enough to tolerate it (DKCR set off a lot of people though). Monster Hunter as well, though if you have a 3DS/Wii U you might want to wait on Ultimate, especially Wii U as that'll have online play. Rune Factory Frontier also supports the Classic Controller, so that's another one.

Actually, a quick and dirty way to figure it out is to look for a list of games that support the Classic Controller, you'll miss some like a Little King's Story that uses the Wii Remote + Nunchuk but doesn't bother with motion control or even the pointer, but that'd still hit a lot of them. And if you're open to JUST pointer use that may open your options by a lot.

Thanks for the tip my man! Completely forgot about Rune Factory..... see, thats why I asked!... I sort of turned a blind eye to everything that was happening on the wii....
814  Media / Miscellaneous Games / wii games that don't require motion controller on: January 05, 2013, 03:24:35 PM
so with the wii on its way out, titles are getting cheaper and cheaper.... I never fleshed out my wii library on account of... well.... I freakin' hate motion control.... soooooo, does anyone have any suggestions (outside of VC and gamecube titles) that don't require it?? Xenoblade and Last story aside (they are actually the only two already in my wii library-lol)
815  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 05, 2013, 03:20:41 PM


Don't forget about the plot that suddenly changes gears going from a new take on an old setting to "And heeeerrree's Ganon!".

........ if this wasn't zelda (and consequently ganon) we were talking about, that could qualify as a spoiler....

Zelda, by the way, is going smoothly.... I still don't care for link... but I am loving the mood of this game.... much more evolved and mature realm from the hyrule I remember as a kid....

As Hyper Dimension Mk2.... I'm freakin' obsessed.... unfortunately I just discovered that my lily ranks are not high enough to net the true ending yet.... and I'm pretty sure that chapter 6 won't have enough chirper events to pull it off... meaning I need to face facts and accept the harsh reality that I can't achieve true end in one play-through or grind the hell out of characters I have ignored.... not thrilled about this fact... 
816  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 05, 2013, 11:34:18 AM
I never got to meruru myself....actually I didn't get to totori either... I was late coming to arland with rorona last summer (burned myself out on the title to be completely honest...) and haven't gone back yet... I still have both LE's unopened on my shelf beckoning though....

I'm happy that Ayesha is the start of a new set of atelier titles, as I really want to jump into this when it arrives in NA but I've got more pressing titles to tend to before I return to arland I'm afraid... I know totori and meruru are waaay improved over rorona but damn.... rorona left a baaaaaad taste in my mouth I won't soon forget....
817  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 04, 2013, 03:52:44 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/04/tecmo-koei-bringing-atelier-ayesha-to-north-america/

Finally a bit of news on the western release.... so its coming but they don't know who is providing it?.... This confuses me a bit as I didn't know the designing team behind a game switching hands had anything to do with who localizes it and by the same token I also thought the publisher was a different question entirely....

No matter, in truth none of those details are relevant to me.... what is relevant is the projected "rumor release date" of early march conflicting with hyperdimension V...... and just watch, Tales of Xilia will come out within a month or two of both of the aforementioned titles to ensure my brain explodes and i have to set up a payment arrangement with the electric company to fund my gaming habbit-LoL
818  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What hooks you to a story? on: January 04, 2013, 12:52:41 PM
The writing..... as non-specific as that is.... good dialogue with attention given even to what the NPC's have to say has a lot to do with keeping me enthralled with a title. generic speech really pisses me off.... it doesn't necessarily need to be meaningful in any way... just well written....

Breath of Fire 3 for example... I love everything about the franchise in my youth, but after just replaying 3 I can safely say the bland and style-less writing made it a chore by the end for me.... I can't think of a single memorable line uttered from beginning to end....

In contrast I'll cite Agarest 2.... there are alot of problems with the game but the dialogue lends a great deal of "character" to the characters with some spouting off a line or two that I even jotted down in a tablet as quotes I cared not to forget. Despite the gameplay flaws, I'll finish it enthralled for the dialogue alone.

One more... Eternal Sonata.... though I didn't get very far into it due to having other games  to play, it still stands in my mind as something I "need to someday get back to" because even the NPC's in towns speech was interesting....

819  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 04, 2013, 12:39:07 PM
Been playing hyperdimension neptunia mk2 like its a second job lately..... i wanted to make sure I beat it before the next arrives in NA.... I guess I jumped the gun a little because I think I'm nearing the end (I'm presently at the end of chapter 5).... this game really grew on me... I am beyond excited to see what they have done/evolved in the 3rd installment....

Alternatively at night I was playing Lego Lord of the Rings..... I gave up on it when I discerned A) it is boring as hell and B)they swapped possibility of "game overs" for ps3 lock ups/freezes..... seriously, my system has only froze up MAYBE 3-4 times in its entire lifespan.... playing Lego LOTR the other night it froze twice in an hour... this game is certainly not worth endangering my HDD over... so with that aside....

I decided to entertain 2 titles on my shelf I've been waiting to get to for a looooong time, choosing between the two to make my new "night time" game..... Strange as it may be I like playing something different before bed... at least Lego was good at putting me to sleep..... but enough about that...

The 2 titles in question? Tales of the World Radiant Mythology and Zelda Twilight Princess..... I have not played a Zelda since Ocarina of Time on the N64, so I thought it was high time to give it a go...... Well Zelda won that face off pretty fast.... I know I don't need to convince anyone, seeing as how I am probably the only person present on the board that has not played Zelda TP before but damn.... this game is INCREDIBLE!!! Good God do I hope they move away from motion control in the coming zelda titles and return to some control scheme similar to this (I am playing the GC version), as I did play about an hour of skyward sword before realizing I don't think I could really ever do a motion-control zelda title... I freakin' hate motion controlled games....

And as for Tales? Well, TotW:RM certainly is not bad.... but after Graces F last year I can't help but really "feel" the regression in attempting this.... and that would be fine if it were a full-on "Tales of" installment..... but a cross-verse dungeon crawler just isn't doing it for me..... not when I'm deciding between this and Zelda..... even with Kratos present.... LoL

So here I sit shocked.... never guessed I would have picked a Zelda game over a tales game.... To be honest, I never cared much for the green-tunic wearing hero beyond his earliest incarnations.... TP may totally change that for me.....
820  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 03, 2013, 05:46:05 PM
Klyde what did your tonsil thing end up being.

That is odd..... I don't remember mentioning I had a problem with my tonsils here..... although I did recently have quite a bit of throat/sinus problems.... do you have some sort of sixth sense you've been keeping to yourself mesh?? LoL

Anyhow since you asked.... I scorched the hell out of my throat, esophogus (sp?) and sinus' from consuming too much capsicum (the hot stuff in chili peppers).... couldn't taste or smell for like a week straight.... to top it off it made the bottom of my feet burn for days as well (oddly enough)
821  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 03, 2013, 12:52:38 PM
So I watched The Hobbit. Despite a initially having a crappy feeling that they cashed in big time by making three movies I enjoyed this a lot. It's been a long time since I've read the book, so I can't really say what's been added in but I thought the movie had good pacing. Having been bummed by "meh" reviews I was very guarded about this. But as soon as the thing started I was caught up in the awesome production values. The excellent attention to detail from LOTR is back but even more refined. This movie is a stunner and technically awesome. The characters are pretty solid too, for the most part. I'll watch Martin Freeman eat a ham sandwich though, for Pete's sake.

I like the slow reveal of Smaug too. I can't remember if the Necromancer was in the hobbit...or not. In fact I'm not angry about the addition of extra material at all. They're excellent storytellers and will do everything justice.



I was pleasantly surprised with The Hobbit myself.... I didn't think I was going to dig it at all considering it was my least favorite of Tolkiens writing.... and to top it off the appeal of Middle Earth seemed to have wore out entirely to me after the recent years of excessive LOTR media.... but I was totally wrong! In fact, I liked it enough to erroneously run out and purchase the terrible Lego LOTR game right after.... I was sucked in! Baited.... fell for it... and middle earth took me for another 60 bucks damnit.... but that movie was absolutely worth my time :)
822  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 03, 2013, 12:45:43 PM
Personally I didn't care for "A Certain Magical Index" at all.  I agree with Klyde that the main guy is a terrible character, but Index is just as bad (if not worse).  There is some interesting lore in the setting but they never do anything interesting with it.  I found it very generic and forgettable.

But oddly enough I enjoyed the spin-off "A Certain Scientific Railgun".  Better characters and better plot development.

I couldnt agree more about index... annoying as all hell..... luckily post episode five on through 14-15 her screen time is minimal.... that being said I have to disagree on the generic note.... every time something generic happens, there seems to be some screwball twist I haven't seen done (at least too many times) in the past... citing episode 15 or so as an example (first beach episode). It kicks off and I say to myself "here we go, lame freakin' filler ep between story arcs.... at the beach no less...." then 15-25 minutes later I'm knee deep in a twist that reveals the next serious leg of the story.
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body and gender swapping isn't exactly original in anime either, but how they pull it off at this point certainly seemed a refreshing take on it... I've never seen it applied to a narrative like this...

Thanks a bunch for enlightening me to A certain scientific railgun too BTW. I did even know about it! If its better than this I'm super stoked!!!

FINAL NOTE: I say all this with a few eps left, so I may still prove to be horribly disapointed by the ending... remains to be seen.... finally I also gotta say characters are usually the "make it or break it factor" in a series for me.... that being the case, I am terribly surprised at how much I like this... as I already stated, I'm certainly not making any arguments in favor of the cast here... except for Stiyl (he rocks!)
823  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 03, 2013, 12:30:02 PM

I have to ask, when you say you beat it, did you also beat the Act 4(or w/e it is called) DLC? Because that DLC is quite fun, although you do have to put up with a bit more QTE. I mean one of the enemies you fight in the DLC throws galaxies at you! Plus it actually concludes the plot.

I got true ep 18, then moved onto Act 4 Nirvana (Dlc).... beat that.... then it was on to what I thought was some of the coolest fan-servicy DLC I have seen in awhile, the Ryu and Akuma episodes!....... Finally after completing all that a message popped up on my screen that my disc melted from tapping O too many times over the course of the weekend... no joke...
824  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 01, 2013, 04:46:41 PM
so I have finally watched something that had me say to myself "hmmmm, I haven't seen this before 100 times...."

I checked out "A Certain Magical Index" and while the first few episodes had me really thinking this was another mediocre series at best, I must report that at 12 episodes in it has proven pretty freakin' cool.  It hits you with all sorts of cliche' crap and then twists it into something rather original. I won't give anything away but they even manage to pull off something clever with the whole "amnesiac character" concept..... a feat I did not believe could even be achieved to be honest....

While in all honesty I can't stand the main protagonist, and I don't think anything I haven't seen can change my mind about that, based on what I have seen so far this is still totally something worth watching.

NOTE: Most of the main cast is pretty forgettable in all honesty.... however all is forgiven for one awesome character named Style Magnus (you know he is cool just by his name-LoL) and the nice pacing and writing of this rather unique take on the cliche'.
825  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 01, 2013, 12:43:31 PM
I completed all of Asura's Wrath yesterday!! Just a few hours short of the the new year too.... What I will say is this..... It may have been short.... but I couldn't stand to perform another 5 minutes of QTE's if you paid me by the end of it..... so in light of that fact, I think it was alright... visually impressive title for certain.... Asura himself bothered the hell out of me though, and the overall "ma'-cheeeez-mo" level of this game got to me as well.... Happy to have seen it through.. doubt I will EVER come back for seconds though....

Continuing my quest to complete my backlog, I am back to hyperdimension MK2..... I really freakin love this game, I don't know why I ever put it down.... No, its not good by any measurable standard.... but something about it makes me happy.... maybe I'm just happy the gameplay doesn't resemble the first in any way and I can actually heal my characters at will... who knows...

On that note though, I will say this.... As comfortable as I am with the perversity transmit in these niche titles, last night I got to a boss and scene that was over the top even by my standards..... I couldn't help but feel creeped out as the two youngest cpu candidates in the game were "licked" compulsively by the villain until his "saliva" ruined the one candidates attire.....

Lastly..... LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS..... yea, I thought it was awesome when I tried the demo.... never played a lego game before.... now after meandering through a good 5-6 hours of this game I think I made a mistake here... glitches galore aside, I can't help but find this game to be mind-numbingly freakin slow and boring...... I feel like I'm playing an old action rpg like secret of mana or zelda on slow-motion and stripped of all content, save the ability to smash pots, slash through grass and collect coinage.... Couple this with the fact that 90% of the optional stuff can't even be done until the full story is played through compounds my dissapointment... I may not finish this..... I may not even count it unfinished as backlogged... I may just pretend this never existed and go back to being of the opinion that the best Tolkien esque' work was and is the books, end of story.... This is what I get for sticking my nose in western gaming again...
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