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886  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: xbox exclusive that won't distract me from Ni No Kuni.... on: January 19, 2013, 03:25:52 PM
I fucking hate these threads. Just look at a list of reviews and make up your own damn mind.

I recommend Fallout 3

One of the best games ever. But he won't get it.

Ouch, I feel as though I struck a chord...LoL... Sorry Yoda... Let me clear the water so to speak...

Mickeymac more or less summed up a large portion of my general problem...
@Yoda - sometimes that's easier said than done. I know personally I can never decide what to play, hence why I have over 800 unbeaten games. :(

But the real meat and potatos of the situation are that no reviews are ever written with the idea that game selection is based on the fact that you don't want a game to clash with another particular title or become too engrossing.... if each review had a "clash with Ni No score" I wouldn't have started the thread.... Also, I mentioned in the original post that I already began filling the xbox library based the on the RPGFan reviews to further drive home the point that I was looking for suggestions outside the realm of those, more tailored to my current and particular plight.

Lastly, in regard to fallout 3.... it could very well be, by every objective measure, the best game ever....but you clearly know my tastes Mr. Yoda... and as such, you know that even if that were the case (fallout 3 being a title with no equal) I would probably take the next shitty compile hearts over it due to the fact that it just is not my cup of tea.... but the real deal breaker is that it is not an xbox exclusive, which is what I am looking for....

However.... your passionate post with such certainty that I will never try it has swayed me....I think I will gamefly it (fallout3) for the PS3 just to entertain to possibility of something great.... stranger things have happened.... I swore I could never stand sentient animal/ anthropomorphic MC's or platformers and discovered a love for Ratchet and Clank that changed my mind on both accounts (thanks to the suggestions of fellow RPGfan members)..... So I will keep an open mind :)

It's not an rpg, but shadow complex is a good quickie to occupy yourself for a few days. Dust works too, as does bastion.

Or be like me and occupy extra free time at the gym to make up for the inevitable 4 days you will miss playing this.

Thanks! The overwhleming suggestion of XBLA titles has settled me on them for the time being!... The Gym suggestion though, in all honesty, is probably the best guidance of all!! LOL.... excpet for the fact that I already compulsively run 8-12 miles a day.... I have for years, without taking even one day off... I can't "not run" or I become cranky as sin..... I run if I'm sick, happy, sad, healthy and will do so if it is sunny, raining, snowing or otherwise.... There is no day that is bad so long as I get a good run in :)
887  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: xbox exclusive that won't distract me from Ni No Kuni.... on: January 18, 2013, 06:55:18 PM
Why not load up on some XBLA games like Shadow Complex? It should be a quick and dirty timewaster for the next two days or so.

Also, for the love of god do not get the 360 version of The Last Remnant. The PC version is vastly superior and cheaper to get to boot.

I like the XBLA idea.... shadow complex you say??? Any others? I like the way you think aeolus!
I have to admit, I think Blue Dragon might be the biggest conflict, I'd go so far as to say it's probably the most similar game on the Xbox to Ni No Kuni despite the completely different battle systems. As much of a time hog as Fallout 3 is at least it's a very different type of game.

Agreed, I just know I want Blue Dragon if for no other reason than the nostalgia factor of playing something with art by my. toriyama..... blue dragon will however wait til post ni no for me.
888  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 18, 2013, 02:06:55 PM


I pre-ordered yesterday.  I don't know why I'm excited for this given my extremely neutral feelings for the Arland series... Hope they pack an artbook, Hidari is a nice artist.

The art direction is the primary appeal of these games for me... most other aspects actually frustrate me (time limits, micro managing items and ingredients taking precedence over exploration and combat, et cetera.....)

As far as the audio goes, it is a slight bummer..... I do enjoy a lot of my games with original japanese audio, but its not a large enough issue for me to really lose sleep over.

As for the mechanics here vs. arland I'm gonna steal a reply from over at gamefaqs that pretty much summarizes what I've read thus far

This is like start of a new series, IMO there are both upgrades and downgrades

The good:
- new synth system is very easy to use
- more items can be stacked (saves lots of searching)
- the workshop is set up in 4 places across the map
- dungeons are also points on the map (you can skip floors)
- just about everything can be duplicated at wholesale.

The bad:
- lack of those 2D portraits when people are speaking (3D doesn't show emotion well)
- not enough playable/side characters for their interactions
- the new positioning (walking around the battlefield) doesn't have much use
- can't really take full advantage of the new synth system until lv45

The ugly:
- no central place for front quests, you have to find ppl on your own (some stands at like edge of a cliff)
- there is no central place to check what ppl are asking for either.
- weapon/armour skins have to be farmed from bosses


Don't worry about the 3 year part... in this game time is a lot more abundant.
The main quest finish at around end of 2nd year, beginning of 3rd on first play. That leaves me around a year goofing off and fight optional bosses and look for character events.
889  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: xbox exclusive that won't distract me from Ni No Kuni.... on: January 18, 2013, 01:56:38 PM
Klyde, if you don't mind me asking with Ni no Kuni coming out in literally a couple of days why would you start any new game right now if you're worried about it eating into Ni no Kuni time?  Surely there must be something on your backlog you could work on ;)

Ahhh you know me well Kev.....Yeppers, 3 more left on my backlog actually.... agarest 2, growlanser WoT and seiken densetsu3.... but after today that should be down to 2 (i should be polishing it off and announcing my victory in SD3 over in the daily gaming journal in but a few short hours-LoL)

This was purely because having this new system gave me an "xbox itch".... I just can't have a new system (well new to me) sitting there without experiencing something on the thing-LoL

Blue Dragon has been ordered BTW, and is on its way :)

I'm thinking of running with the Dust suggestion as that doesn't seem like anything I would get too involved in....
890  Media / Single-Player RPGs / xbox exclusive that won't distract me from Ni No Kuni.... on: January 18, 2013, 12:29:14 PM
So I just got traded an Xbox 360 for some tattoo time along with Tales of Vesperia, Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery, last remnant and will be picking up magnacarta2.... On the Xbla I'm looking at grabbing bastion and maybe dust... not sure....

Here is the thing, I don't want to start anything too involving or engrossing with Ni No Kuni on the way.... But I need to scratch the "xbox itch" i've got at the moment....

Tales of Vesperia is out.... I love the Tales games... if I play this now, Ni No will totally take a back-seat....

Lost Odyssey is out.... time sink and turn based..... not good for co-current ni no play-LoL

I'm not well enough informed to make a call here on the other titles...also not sure which I am over-looking/haven't considered yet.... I'm guessing my safest bet would be some of the Xbla stuff??

Anyhow, you guys never steer me in the wrong direction (and I'll totally listen this time.... I promise it won't be another "I'm gonna play Rorona no matter what you say!!" instance...)..... That said, please DO NOT limit suggestions to what I've listed here.... Any additional suggestions, including simply "must haves" to flesh out my xbox library would be appreciated as well (i read the RPGfan reviews and got what I have already, based on them)

Thanks ahead of time folks! Its advice in these particular instances that really make me love you all so....
891  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 17, 2013, 03:46:09 PM
So it's a FF that you play by massively humping you Ipad smearing you nether region all over the screen to make all those characters attack?

See!! Thats why I can't play IOS games.... I haven't been good at massive humping since I was 23!!
892  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 17, 2013, 03:40:40 PM
...unless they're from Aksys (who may be run by mad men and women).

Yeah, I've been thinking that for quite a while now. :P

And regarding Ni no Kuni, I'm not gonna lie, I'm not that big of a Level 5 fan, I just like their storytelling in the Dragon Quest and Layton games. I think this at least has a chance to have interesting gameplay. Everything I've read about it and seen about it looks interesting enough to me. The rest I'd actually be less interested in if I thought Ghibli was 100% behind them. I honestly never liked Ghibli movies. They're way too weird and confusing for me...and this is coming from someone who watches a lot of anime. The story sounds more like something I'd expect Level 5 to come up with - at the very least I feel they came up with the basics of the plot, though we'll see whose writing shines through in the actual excecution. Characters, I probably shouldn't comment on. I've only say that I've found the Level 5 characters to be shallow, yet likeable, while Ghibli can make complex characters I never really give a hoot about. I'd even say the art style is at least 5% Level 5, if only because it seems to lack this slight oddness I've noticed in the most recent Ghibli movies. Or maybe I've just finally gotten used to it. Who knows...

Not sure who did the music, I'll look it up in a minute, but what I've heard so far is really amazing. I kinda wish I was getting a sample soundtrack with it.

...The long and short of yet another rant is that I understand everyone's concerns regarding Ni no Kuni. It doesn't have the best developer behind it (though I still think people might be a tad hasty in judging the gameplay), and the rest will likely rely heavily on whether or not you love Ghibli.

Yet, I am undeterred, and have nothing but the highest hopes for it (though I am at least slightly prepared for them to come crashing down should it turn out to be less exceptional than I want it to be, like the DS version kinda was).

It is comforting to know someone else is of the opinion that Ghibli is nothing to write home about...... I have been watching anime for a long time.... long enough to see the quality of Ghibli stuff (can't be denied....) but it simply doesn't appeal to my personal taste.... That said however, it is really the ONLY thing that has me worried about Ni No Kuni. Level 5 certainly has had some blunders in the past, but I feel they have really got their act togeather here. The problem I've had with level 5 games in the past is similar to the classic compile hearts problem.... interest concepts that have not worked well or have become over-complex in execution.... with Ni No Kuni, it looks like they "played it safe" in many respects as far as gameplay is concerned, creating the games "individuality" by evolving classic RPG elements that have simply not kept up with the time.... ok RPG elements that have been all but completely void this generation save hand-held "old school" titles.... or at least that is the impression I got thus far... I suppose we will know this coming tuesday eh?

It should go without saying at this point, Ni-No has me excited....

Otherwise, I'm looking forward to HyperdimensionV, Atelier Ayesha, Tales of Xilia, Disgaea D2, and (when it is announced, because I remain hopeful it will be....) The God of Fate Revolution Paradox.... in fact TGoFRP is probably one of the more exciting looking titles to me....
893  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 16, 2013, 06:05:37 PM
Now and then, Here and there is another depressing series. The first episode is really misleading though.

I am watching Arakawa under the bridge.The humour pretty stupid but effective.

Now and the here and there was freakin' brilliant.... i will forever by grateful for bytor for turning me on to that one
894  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Ghost in the Shell anime on: January 16, 2013, 06:03:12 PM
I could never get into Ghost in the Shell... I don't know why... I dug the original film a lot... so much so I immediately bought the rest of the franchise actually... I never could even manage to get through it all and sold it before I finished watching it (sat on my shelf for many moons....)

Does this excite me as much as the new sailor moon?? no..... will I indulge it... certainly :)
895  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 16, 2013, 03:30:14 PM
This actually looks pretty neat to me.... shame its an IOS title..
896  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 16, 2013, 03:27:45 PM
I dunno, Last Story got a reprint at $30. I'd sooner import each version for collecting's sake than stockpile in case value rockets up.

Still, great news!

Actually... your right, I agree... Unless there is a LE.... in which case it can get reprinted as many times as they want and people will stay pay stupid prices for the LE sealed......
897  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 16, 2013, 12:35:13 PM
Crud..... spread these things out!!!... thats within something like 20 days of Hyperdimension V!!
898  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 16, 2013, 12:30:39 PM

Wow... I can't freakin' believe it.... not that I was hell bent on playing this one, but none-the-less this news comes as a complete shock.... who would have thunk it.... I mean a spring 2013 release of something people wanted localized like 2 years ago, over half a year post the hardware becoming outdated..... This is totally worth getting, if not just to support such efforts than at least because you know availability is gonna be looooow as can be..... in fact buy 3, keep 1,  sell 2 sealed on e-bay around next christmas and buy yourself a wiiU with the profit-LoL
899  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 15, 2013, 06:40:12 PM
Zone of the End is boring me a bit....

Are we talking ZoE or ZoE2 ?
If ZoE... yeah the game wasn't hot stuff. It pretty much exists as the prequel the great game that came after.

Zone of the Enders 1 of hd collection.... I apologize if I wasn't clear on that... I seem to have a problem where I feel like I've communicated accurately when in fact I have not...




Zone of the End is boring me a bit.... but I really think that is just in contrast to playing Seiken densetsu right now.... truth be told, this is the most appealing mecha-material I have indulged since Xenosaga and the Evangelion movie/remakes. Good stuff, and I am still on the first game! I can't wait to get to the second as it seems the general consensus is the sequel is far superior.



And then in came Dice luring me back to hyrule! LoL


Twilight Princess

Easily, most stressful part in the game is racing the Wall Masters in the Palace.  I went into it blind, it's really tricky to figure it out that way, some of the enemy surprises aren't too nice either.  Worst part is probably that horrific noise that plays when it gets close.... SHWEEE SHWEEE SHWEEE SHWEE~!!  *SMACK*
900  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2013, 03:59:16 PM
Finished the first 12 eps of steins gate.... I am pleasantly surprised.... although extremely far fetched and not well explained (which would not be such a problem if the series didn't take itself so seriously) this is highly appealing due to its pacing and characters. I can't wait to see the next twelve..... though I still withhold saying I'm a huge fan until I see this second half as chaos; head didn't fall apart in my eyes until the last leg of it....

Gave bleach a shot.... I'm not giving up on it, but initial impressions are... well.... no so great.... Ichigo just bothers the piss out of me....

Lastly, something about bleach reminded me I never did finish up all of sailor moon so I got back to that as well....... I'm in a Moon Senshi frenzy at the moment... reading the manga, watching the anime and the live action before I move onto playing the 16 bit RPG Another Story through.... I freakin' love sailor moon..... When I was little I was sure I was gonna grow up to be Tuxedo Mask.... where did I go astray??
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