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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:12:45 PM »
Also, I bet most of the didn't even want to play the game in the first place, unlike the day they have to play the next Triple A First Person Shooter, Neptunia is their boring day of work.
In the end I don't blame them, playing something they probably don't want to play, from a genre that does not appeal to them and even if they do, it is still a very niché title. Neptunia mk2 here at RPGFan got a 60%. I don't see it as bad, but it shows that even people here that are more open minded to a broad range of RPGs would not enjoy it as much as other niché titles.
That's what sad about most reviewers in gaming magazines. Not putting RPGFan on the bandwagon, it seems like most reviewers like to point out to games like Neptunia Mk2 and say that this is a sign of the JRPG genre dying out into something that they find stupid and not worth they're time. In the long run they will try to convince consumers this statement and it really disgusts me. It's like they're so biased on niche titles regardless if it's bad or good because if it's not like a triple A title they'll think that regardless of whether or not they give it a positive review, the game won't sell because it's not like a Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto type of title. I like that RPGFan is very concise and honest with their reviews, which is why I'm a member on their forums. :)

Likewise, opinions like *that* tick me off.

It's up to a reviewer to give a game a good or bad grade.  Unless you've been actively avoiding reviews, Fire Emblem and Ni no Kuni both have been getting 90%'s and A's across many reviews.  Neptunia has a ton of faults, and some will like the game's more common anime tropes and silly but light-hearted humor more than others.  It's for a niche audience, and I think NISA knows that.  You can't force people to enjoy a game, especially if the general style is really not their thing, the same as how 'Call of Duty' isn't your jam. 

I don't think it helps that Neptunia has some vaguely sexual content, highschooler "big boob" jokes, and a somewhat nerdy console human (literally). 
BUT to the right audience it can be risquee content with pretty anime girls, some "titillating" humour for a good gag, and fun console-based puns, jokes, and plot elements.

The game DOES have repetitive dungeons, and content is somewhat bare, and conversations aren't always too enlightening or clever.  And sure there are a lot of things to balance it out and make people like it, it still might not be everyone's style.  We're all here because we love RPGs, but not all of us have to like every single one.

While I agree, it's best not to call it stupid, but some of Neptunia's content I certainly wouldn't call "smart" or tasteful (I realize that's not what it's meant to be, but I can't enjoy anything so silly and ridiculous; I'm also clearly not the demographic):


There's nothing wrong with having a title you like that many others don't, god knows I do (ex. Star Ocean 4), but I don't think it's part of a "destroy JRPG agenda" in favor of FPS or other big tittles.  There's a lot of supporters for a good RPG still, but there also just haven't been too many of HD consoles.

Like John said, "Different strokes for different folks.".

I do think a review from someone who *enjoys* this style of game (moe moe anime magic kawaii battlers) and a review from someone who is...Um, well, less inclined to enjoy them would be a great read.
I'm not saying the game is great, I agree that it's flawed in designs such as the quest system, and the dungeon design being really sub-par but then again this is Complie Heart and their budget is extremely limited but I hear Victory will be better produced in terms of design, so we'll see how that goes. Don't assume I'm forcing people to like a game I just get a little disheartened because it can be very alienating to some people who are a part of the niche audience, of course I'm sure most them could careless. I'm not saying that the humor is smart, in fact I didn't mean to say stupid as to say the game is the complete opposite.

I don't want to have a debate about this, I'm too worn out.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
« on: February 23, 2013, 03:55:28 PM »
Also, I bet most of the didn't even want to play the game in the first place, unlike the day they have to play the next Triple A First Person Shooter, Neptunia is their boring day of work.
In the end I don't blame them, playing something they probably don't want to play, from a genre that does not appeal to them and even if they do, it is still a very niché title. Neptunia mk2 here at RPGFan got a 60%. I don't see it as bad, but it shows that even people here that are more open minded to a broad range of RPGs would not enjoy it as much as other niché titles.
That's what sad about most reviewers in gaming magazines. Not putting RPGFan on the bandwagon, it seems like most reviewers like to point out to games like Neptunia Mk2 and say that this is a sign of the JRPG genre dying out into something that they find stupid and not worth they're time. In the long run they will try to convince consumers this statement and it really disgusts me. It's like they're so biased on niche titles regardless if it's bad or good because if it's not like a triple A title they'll think that regardless of whether or not they give it a positive review, the game won't sell because it's not like a Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto type of title. I like that RPGFan is very concise and honest with their reviews, which is why I'm a member on their forums. :)

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This makes me want to buy the rest of the disgaea games on PSP even though I know I won't have time to complete all of them fully for a short while.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:24:29 AM »
Is it wrong for someone like me to like this game? Because I'm really enjoying the combat, the sub systems, and the characters are really funny and cute. I don't understand how reviewers have to act so purist by condemning the game because it has things in it that they find offensive even though it's just a game and none of the characters exist in real life.

Hell, it's not wrong at all that you like mk2. However, when I review a game, I'm going to tell you how I feel about it.  Different strokes for different folks.  Ideally, someone reading a review should look at what's said and interpret how it's going to be for them - I'm not you, so I can't tell you how to feel.
Oh I know, I didn't mean to sound a bit harsh or anything. But sometimes reviewing with an open mind can really open to new horizons, that's how I view things in the way any art medium is produced. But that's just me I guess.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:35:25 PM »
Is it wrong for someone like me to like this game? Because I'm really enjoying the combat, the sub systems, and the characters are really funny and cute. I don't understand how reviewers have to act so purist by condemning the game because it has things in it that they find offensive even though it's just a game and none of the characters exist in real life.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 Golden for the Vita.
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:32:54 PM »
Persona 4 being my favorite RPG ever, this one is an improvement by far. Just because of the extra content Atlus put into the game was really wonderful. Is it just me or does Atlus know how to write cute, awesome girl characters with each game like Marie? :P

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII
« on: January 28, 2013, 12:26:10 AM »
Get ready for lens flares in your Star Wars movie.

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