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« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2011, 10:36:01 PM »

I'm not too sure about Mass Effect 2. It is a great game. It sold a lot. I played / enjoyed it.
My problem though with it, is that it has no lasting appeal. Does anyone here still play it? Probably not.

Perhaps I'm too demanding =/

... such as how expensive the Japanese voice track was to add...
Or does it have to do with all those weird licensing issues I hear about between Japanese creators and Western producers?

As far as I know, you do have to pay the voices in Japanese when using them. It's something the voice acting studios do to roll in extra profit.
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« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2011, 10:42:31 PM »

That would explain it. The "weird" part I was referring to were stories/rumors I remember from ages ago when I caught snippets of anime/game news about stuff never making it over because the Japanese companies would charge ridiculous prices for rights to the vocal tracks for one reason or another.
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« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2011, 10:44:48 PM »

No, the companies do have to pay extra for the Japanese voice acting.  I'm not sure where you've heard otherwise.

In Sakura Taisen's case they said it was difficult to add because, I quote:
The Sakura Wars series is known for including famous voice actors. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is no exception. Were trying our best, Jack Niida, Marketing Manager, says hopefully. Its kind of like having a Hollywood star in a video game.

Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2009/06/05/nis-america-wants-to-keep-original-voices-for-sakura-wars/
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« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2011, 12:02:14 AM »

The dub was fantastic. Haters to the left.
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« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2011, 07:26:18 AM »

Just out of curiosity, why do you all think a great game like Sakura Wars bombed? The failure of So Long, My Love pretty much doomed the series in the US.

It's not like it was a bad game(like Growlanser V) or had a bad localization(like Ar Tonelico 2). They did everything right.

So why did it fail?

Growlanser V rules
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« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2011, 08:07:46 PM »

Re: Sakura Wars.  I think its sagging sales were due to timing.  It released in March- the month when FInal Fantasy XIII released.  Any RPG that releases the month of an FF game is pretty much doomed sales-wise.  For example, Thousand Arms and the brilliant Suikoden 2 were cast under FFVIII's shadow.  Sega too made a boneheaded decision to release Resonance of Fate the same month (even damn near the same day) as Final Fantasy XIII, so it suffered in sales too.  Too bad, because most folks would deem it superior to FFXIII. 

Had Sakura Wars not been released within the looming shadow of FF, it might have done better.
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2011, 08:45:39 PM »

I think Gen pointed out that someone from Atlus posted on their forums that there's only so long you can delay a game before it isn't practical anymore. Admittedly Strange Journey (the game that prompted that comment) has the excuse of possibly being the first RPG announced for March, SE just went and announced their megaton within about two weeks of that announcement, and a release date the day before Strange Journey. But yeah, if some of those games were spread out over the next few months it'd have probably been better. I guess the realities of business and the financial year prevented what could've been a sound strategy being formed instead.

And it doesn't help for the dub/sub fiasco with Sakura Wars that Wii-only (or at least non-PS2) owners had been promised the subbed version only to not receive it.

Edit: Did some date checking.
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« Reply #37 on: January 02, 2011, 09:12:03 PM »

I just realized I hadn't said my own predictions.  Since we all know RPGFan is all over SMT, here's how I think it will look.  I don't really agree with any of the choices, though, and if you prove me wrong I'd be very pleased.

1. ME2
2. Strange Journey
3. P3P

Also, just curious. What are you considering DA: Awakening?  It was released as a full game but it wasn't, not really. Because it would make me a very, very sad reader if that won awards.

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« Reply #38 on: January 02, 2011, 09:37:56 PM »

Also, just curious. What are you considering DA: Awakening?  It was released as a full game but it wasn't, not really.

What do you mean by that?  From the beginning it was treated as an expansion pack.  And it certainly wasn't priced like a full game.
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« Reply #39 on: January 03, 2011, 08:53:24 AM »

Yeah, my copy has 'Expansion Pack' in large capital letters at the top of the box.
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« Reply #40 on: January 03, 2011, 10:27:55 AM »

DA: Awakening was scored and put into the GOTY discussion by the editors.

*spoiler alert*

It showed up as BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT on many of our individual lists.
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« Reply #41 on: January 03, 2011, 11:22:25 AM »

Awakening ruled.

Good humor and it got right to the point. It also had better environments than the main game, imho
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« Reply #42 on: January 03, 2011, 07:33:04 PM »

1. ME2
2. Nier
3. Who the hell cares?
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« Reply #43 on: January 03, 2011, 07:39:58 PM »

1. ME2
2. Nier
3. Who the hell cares?

Strange Journey, Dragon Quest IX, Ys, New Vegas, and P3P when factoring in heavily updated ports. Plus plenty of more that's legitimately great, it's only been a weak year in regards to console exclusive fare, and even then!
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« Reply #44 on: January 03, 2011, 08:46:23 PM »

SMT Strange Journey
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Those are my three favourites.

I bought Nier online, but I'm waiting for it to arrive.

Handhelds really are the place for RPGs this gen aren't they.
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