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Klyde Chroma

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Citizens of Earth
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:44:20 PM »
Anyone else looking forward to the Earth-boundish release of this next week? I have hardly heard a peep about it.

A minor buzz over the last few days at some preview stuff dropped by atlus and the surprisingly low release price reveal but still it sort of shocks me there isn't more expressed interest.

The idea of a proclaimed "comedy" RPG is a bit off putting for me, but after seeing a bit previewed and feeling as though this is more a direct love-letter to Earthbound before a mere "influenced by" offering has me enticed. I am probably gonna grab this immediately when I finish something else if not day 1.

http://www.siliconera.com/2015/01/15/release-dates-and-launch-discounts-revealed-for-comedy-rpg-citizens-of-earth/

^^That is the link for the sale price but I can't help but think there are some typo's amuk in that article. Regardless the PS Plus price listed at 11.99 makes this all the more tempting for me.

The only problem is it comes out sort of head to head with Grim Fandago and thus creates a split decision for me as to what to get to first. While I admit to knowing nothing at all about Grim, the names and publishers involved make me pretty interested in that as well.

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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 10:16:00 PM »
Been looking forward to this since the Kickstarter demo. It sounds great, and I'm gonna try to get it when it comes out.

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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2015, 12:04:05 AM »
We have 3 editors on this game like hot sauce on chicken wings.
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2015, 08:21:54 PM »
Nice!! 3 editors and Mickeymac!!!! My hypo-o-meter is rising knowing I will not be the only one! I brought it up a few times with clients at work who game and at gamestop and no one even knew it was coming. I felt alone! LoL
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 01:14:45 AM »
I was gonna say no but then I realized it's for a system I have, so sure!
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2015, 01:28:10 AM »
Yep, one of us is on PC, one on 3DS, and one on Vita.  I'm still in chapter 1, but I'll spoil my review a bit and tell you that at the moment, it definitely gets a thumbs up from me.  How high a score that translates to remains to be seen, and things could fall apart or get annoyingly repetitive later.  But so far, so good.

Oh, and holy crap yes get Grim Fandango if you get a chance.  So good.  I'm a long-time LucasArts fan, and that one's way up on my list.  I've been so sad that it wasn't available until now.
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2015, 11:03:49 AM »
You can brag about your 5000+ friends on social media all you want, but riddle me this: how many of them would help you move?

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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2015, 10:10:57 PM »
Wow, good to know Grim gets approval from some trusted community peeps here! I already have it pre-ordered for the theme. Sort of a "compulsive click and buy" so I'm stoked to learn I didn't make a poor call with that.

As always, I really didn't want to look up any Grim info because I want it to be a surprised and additionally I didn't want to risk anything spoiler-ific. Really intrigued by it though, klyde is!!! LoL

If I can curb my enthusiasm for Citizens I may actually try to hold off the week and play Grim first, as curiosity is really getting to me with that one. Hyped as I am for citizens, I feel like I sort of know what to expect to some extent. Grim on the other hand looks like something I am completely yet unfamiliar with. Newish (to me) genres/titles have really been proving rewarding media risks for me in recent history and Dincrest's review there totally confirms I haven't touched anything like this yet (never played any graphic adventure games before).
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2015, 11:03:36 PM »
Grim looks like it'll be the shorter of the two games, too.
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 08:12:36 PM »
Well since I cleared some room on my agenda by beating the Monohime story in Muramasa this week, I felt like giving Citizens a whirl today after all.

I am thoroughly enthralled. Charming for sure, but being that I just started it I can't sign off on much yet other than the following.

Initial Impressions:
-Gorgeous Palette and art.
-Wonderfully intuitive and simplistic menu system.
-Very responsive movement and navigation (controls)
-UBER-EARTHBOUND-EE!!!!! (awesome)
-Excellent voicework.
-Vice Prez (main character) actually made me chuckle a bit. This is huge. Comedy is not my thing. For me to find something genuinely entertaining on a "funny" level is pretty freakin' rare.

I feel distinctly like this is just a uniquely "feel good" game. I really hope the rest of the title comes off as stylish and interesting as it kicks off.

EDIT: I decided to read some of the other initial impressions and release reviews. I swear, people bought this blindfolded or something. Twice I read about how the characters were shallow and one dimensional and even caught some whining about how the game was comedic. If anyone out there plays this expecting High Fantasy or something deep and thought provoking they deserve to be disappointed. I've not  enough time with it, to pass judgement on this game myself, but it is ridiculous how people bash a game like this because it isn't subjectively in line with "their" taste in an RPG. If a title achieves its aim whilst doing so with some individuality (rare these days) doesn't that deserve at least some recognition??

The two most stellar complaints I caught thus far:
-I don't like this game because I play as a politician and I don't like politicians.
---This complaint is only rivaled by the following----
-The menus are way to bright and look like plastic.
(Surely these two complaints are enough to warrant 2-3 point drops in review scores, right?)

^^^ This is essentially me getting sick of reading the same complaint over and over a million times elsewhere on the internet. The complaint mind you is as follows, "This game isn't exactly like my favorite game, so it sucks, the developers suck,  my vocabulary sucks, and if you question me, you suck. Oh yea, here is few reasons to support my claim I articulated after deciding everything sucks. The end".
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2015, 01:21:24 PM »
Really, Klyde?  I've read some negative reviews that are absolutely nothing like what you describe.  In fact they make what sound like pretty legitimate criticisms to me (I haven't actually played the game, though).  If you like the game that's great but it seems like you're being overly dismissive of differing opinions.

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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2015, 01:32:47 PM »
The only genuine criticism I could find thus far are the glitches, but those can be ironed out in time. Other than that, it seems like I'm getting what I came for.

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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2015, 04:23:12 PM »
The big criticisms I've read are repititive gameplay and a lack of innovation. Reviewers are calling it cute for like the first few hours then it just gets massively grindy and bleh. To be fair, it's an indie game that is paying homage to earthbound, what did people expect, modified ATB or LMBS gameplay elements? It's understandable for people new to the style of game to be depressed by this but this game was obviously reaching out to the oldschool fans. That being said, I was impressed by the demo, though the constant loading screens going from one building to another can become....annoying.

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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2015, 05:27:31 PM »
I also wonder if the differences are negligible depending on platform.  Like I said, here at RPGFan we have someone playing the PC version, someone playing the Vita version, and I'm playing the 3DS version.  I've had no major issues so far with the 3DS version. 
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Re: Citizens of Earth
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2015, 10:44:04 PM »
Really, Klyde?  I've read some negative reviews that are absolutely nothing like what you describe.  In fact they make what sound like pretty legitimate criticisms to me (I haven't actually played the game, though).  If you like the game that's great but it seems like you're being overly dismissive of differing opinions.

Yes I am indeed being overtly dismissive based on the fact that any relevant criticisms I read were unfounded in my playtime thus far (admittingly brief). The subjective opinions I was citing were more referenced from consumer/forum-review whining that I am also in utter disagreement with.

I will keep an open mind, because my experience is minimal thus far but ultimately what I am getting at is this game seems to be under heavier scrutiny for peoples opinions than I would have expected is all. This however, does make me a hypocrite in the sense that I am strictly arguing my opinion I suppose, but none the less I am of the pursuasion that the title is getting framed more negatively than it deserves. Worse yet, it is being framed negatively for being EXACTLY what it was intended to be.

In short, if I were on the fence and read some of the crap I did yesterday I wouldn't have picked this up. After playing it, I would go so far as to say some circulating release impressions are not just off base but completely misleading.

The big criticisms I've read are repititive gameplay and a lack of innovation. Reviewers are calling it cute for like the first few hours then it just gets massively grindy and bleh. To be fair, it's an indie game that is paying homage to earthbound, what did people expect, modified ATB or LMBS gameplay elements? It's understandable for people new to the style of game to be depressed by this but this game was obviously reaching out to the oldschool fans. That being said, I was impressed by the demo, though the constant loading screens going from one building to another can become....annoying.

The constant loading is my primary pet peeve as well. The load times are short and negligible but waaaay too frequent. My other (slight) annoyance, is in the battle speed. It isn't exactly slow, but some battles get a wee bit more drawn out that I would have liked.

I also wonder if the differences are negligible depending on platform.  Like I said, here at RPGFan we have someone playing the PC version, someone playing the Vita version, and I'm playing the 3DS version.  I've had no major issues so far with the 3DS version. 

No glitches or issues with the ps4 version whatsoever yet. I hope this remains so. I have a phobia of glitches. LoL

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