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#1 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

Mine is in video form originally, but here's the text copy.

10. Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

9. Tales of the Abyss 3D.

8. Sine Mora.

7. Sleeping Dogs.

6. Trials Evolution.

5. Resident Evil 6.

4. Persona 4 Arena.

3. Mass Effect 3.

2. The Walking Dead.

1. Persona 4 The Golden.

I know I have a couple re-releases, but I hadn't played either of them before these re-leases so I let them be on the list.

#2 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

@RWBladewing:

My main problem with Agarest war is that it had a similar playstyle to Disgaea, but it was all on a square map, so the strategy was extremely hard when enemies would just run away forever. It also just had a ton of issues aside from playing poorly.

But the story in this game is better than the gameplay, so a lot of why I enjoy this game comes from the story, but the gameplay is pretty solid. It's nothing particularly special, but it's a JRPG battle system that works as such. But little story segments are pretty much your goals in each area, so you won't go without some fun dialogue for long. Which helps keep you rom getting bored of the combat.

So far the game hasn't been too grindy, except in a couple situations where you have to seduce islands, but those are also some of my favorite portions since they use the Moe Kill systems to their max.

@SuperWristBands:

I agree that it's a bad word for Tsundere, but if you're familiar with the archetype, it isn't hard to figure out. The only reason I'm confused is because the guy claimed to be familiar enough with anime to get the jokes and references, which should imply that he has knowledge of the archetypes.

Yeah, the humor is extremely anime, and keeps reminding you that anime is super formulaic. It's self aware of what it is, and does what it goes for well. But you'll need to be pretty familiar with the culture to get a lot of these jokes and themes. Like the idea of Loli's is pretty horrible in the eyes of Americans, but over there is pretty accepted/ignored. So I'm pretty surprised that this game made it over here, especially with a T rating, since this game has several explicit references to people being into little girls, and wanting to get with them.

The characters are all pretty likable and well designed, and overall help make the game more enjoyable, since they could have easily messed them up that way Compile Hearts has in pretty much every game before this. But if you're not dying for a JRPG, then you probably don't need to buy it at full price, but know that you'll probably have to get it off Amazon if you eventually want it, since nobody is stocking this game anywhere. My Gamestop almost didn't even order a copy.

#3 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

Picked my copy up today, Gamestop didn't even bother to have the one copy they ordered ready for the one person who pre-ordered it, so I had to wait like twenty minutes while they tried to find it. But I've played the game for about four hours now, and I'm very much enjoying it. The combat is more involved than most standard JRPG systems, and requires/rewards less mashing X. The systems aren't nearly as complicated as people are making them out to be. Which was a huge part of the IGN review. The guy would not stop complaining about how he couldn't remember any of the specifics of the mechanics, and that they were needlessly convoluted. Which has not been my experience remotely. He specifically brought up the system of turning enemies into Peons, and how he couldn't remember any of the names, or what to say to each type. Which shouldn't be a problem if you have some basic knowledge of Anime archetypes. Since it takes about two seconds to realize that "Bipolar" is just the Americanization of "Tsundere". So then you just have to be inconsistent in your word choices. Super fucking simple and I'm completely dumbfounded how he played through the entire game and was unable to figure it out.

The humor so far has been pretty good, I hate to keep harping on the IGN review, but in the review that guy said that he doesn't like or watch anime, but got every joke in the game. Which I think might be absolutely impossible. There are fucking references to specific Hentai Doujins in there. You would have had to have read a lot of Hentai in order to get those jokes...Which is not to say that I read or have read any pornographic Japanese comic books...I kind of have.

But overall the jokes are pretty solid, and are at the very least are enjoyable. I may have laughed once or twice to some very obscure references, but I enjoy the humor more than I find it legitimately funny. If that makes sense.

This is pretty much what I expected, it's a fun, goofy, overly ridiculous JRPG. If you like JRPGs, you'll probably like this game, because they make fucking sure that you know it is one of those games!

#4 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

Heh, Butts.

#5 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

I don't like IGN because they're for the mainstream consumer, which I am not, but their audience is mostly the generic people who are slightly tied into the game industry, but not into it enough to know what NeoGAF is. Which really, I rarely use news sites for news anymore, I only use GiantBomb because I like the crew and I respect their opinions on games. News wise I just go to NeoGAF; NeoGAF has all the news from pretty much every news site just aggregated into one convenient page. No muss and fuss, just getting the information outright.

I respect sites like IGN for the service they provide to people, but I'm just too wired in to everything happening in the industry for their site to be worth the extremely slow pace at which it runs and the never ending advertisements. If it's not intrusive "Click to enter" ads, it's the ads at the top of their front page that fold down and actually cover up the news. It's just too slow and filled with bullshit for me to bother going there. But I certainly don't think they should go out of business, and I hope they continue to contribute their resources to the medium.

Also, just as an aside, I feel their reviews are absolutely terrible. Recently they just keep giving top and bottom scores, almost no grey area in terms of their scores. Especially when the bulk of their reviews don't seem to match what scores they give out. Really makes me question their integrity when they just throw around 9.5's and 2.0's to any average game.

#6 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

As a long time very hardcore fan (I bought and completed Gun Survivor and I have a debug copy of the GBA game) I have to say that this game is perfectly fine. It has some of the most fluid third person shooting I've ever played, and outperforms most other TPS' I've played. Your movement and aiming is solid, and shooting enemies is very satisfying. The parts most people claim to have had huge problems with I soared through with no problems whatsoever, and I'm by no means even sufficient in my shooter skills. At no point did I find myself struggling to stay alive due to the melee and knife combat being so drastically improved. Some might say that this betrays the series roots, but RE6 is an action game. It's an action shooter that works extremely well as one of those types of games, but not at all as a survival horror game. If you go in expecting a horrific slow-paced puzzle solving spooktacular, then I can definitely see you being disappointed. But if you go in expecting a fluid third person action shooter, with a roller-coaster ride story set in the Resident Evil Universe, then there's nothing here to offend anyone.

Which really, that's what I don't get, people say this game is so bad, but there's no outright offensive about the way it plays, the combat is some of the most fun I've ever had with any shooter. Seriously though, the shooting is quick and responsive, the movement is brisk and snappy (See how I said the same thing but a tiny bit differently?) and enemies have enough variety to keep you from just fighting the same three models/types over and over. Why are people so upset at this game? It doesn't make sense to me. Aside from the roots of the game, there is nothing actually "Bad" about the game. It's fun to play, the story is over the top and fun, and it's an extremely good value in terms of content alone.

So to summarize; You're all pussies who don't like the game just because it's not as good as other entries in the series. Which isn't valid in the slightest.

#7 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

@HansKisaragi said:

people who complain dont like these kind of games.

That's pretty much what I assume when I read negative reviews of JRPGs, I know in some cases the games are just bad, but most of the time I end up disagreeing with reviews of these games. Especially from places like Gamespot and IGN. I guess their reviews are for the every-man who might think about buying this game, and the hardcore JRPG fans will just buy it anyway.

So pretty much everyone is getting serviced.

#8 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

I payed my copy off today, so I'll be picking it up as soon as it comes in. It's supposed to release officially on Thursday, but GameStop is just going to sell it once it comes in, which could be as early as today, so I might be getting it then.

I'm hearing a ton of negative stuff about it, but most of those complaints appear to be that it just has too much going on for those people, and that it's all pretty overly complicated. So maybe to someone who has to review games in a timely manner, a game filled with tons of crazy mechanics isn't great, but I have tons of free time and I'm pretty good at figuring out systems, so I'm not putting too much weight in the mainstream press' (AKA IGN). I'll buy it and play through just out of sheer desperation for a JRPG.

Although I am really curious about the humor, some people said they were laughing regularly, as where others didn't even chuckle. How does the humor seem to you, Morrow? Will it hinge mostly on your familiarity with Japanese humor, or is it more accessible?

Regardless of all I've heard about the game, I'm excited to dig in.

#9 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

@Spuirrel: My suggestion of it was sincerely ironic. I do want to see more people playing that terrible game, as a way to feed my Retsupurea fandom. And it's also just such an awful excuse for a horror game that it's just stupid to suggest.

#10 Posted by Aarownd (59 posts) -

Darkseed 1 and 2.