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2013-01-25 06:28:01 PM  

Mentalpatient87: I don't get it.

This doesn't look charming, it just looks Japanese. Like every other overly cutesy Japanese fiction that involves spirits or demons or whatever. What sets this apart?


This game's check cleared for the advertising.
 
2013-01-25 06:41:42 PM  

Treygreen13: Mentalpatient87: I don't get it.

This doesn't look charming, it just looks Japanese. Like every other overly cutesy Japanese fiction that involves spirits or demons or whatever. What sets this apart?

This game's check cleared for the advertising.


No shiat. I think SimCity's cheque cleared too. Yes. It's spelled 'cheque' here.. Stupid chrome spell-check.

Lots of SimCity articles that aren't pointing out that your city size is approximately tiny compared to the bigass cities in the previous games.

(not going to buy a game where they both dumb it down and take away my right to burn my city down and reload - fark you EA for destroying studios).
 
2013-01-25 06:42:06 PM  
And sold out everywhere! Unless you like giant downloads from psn
 
2013-01-25 06:42:31 PM  
Level 5 continues to cement themselves as one of the best RPG developers of the past ten years, between this and Crimson Shroud they've had a really strong last two months.

On console style/JRPGs in general, they're one of the few major studios that really takes innovation in the genre/meta-genres seriously. They aren't quite the cheap and unstoppable machine that is Atlus' SMT teams, but they're doing some great work.
 
2013-01-25 07:59:58 PM  

Teiritzamna: Doogles4221: Nazacca

Now i want to see a Studio Ghibli film about the Nazca lines of Peru. I mean there is definitely something there - especially as they can "only be seen from the air" and Miyazaki has a thing for sky-vessels (given what is father did, it is not a surprise).

/*cough* Nausicaa or ナウシカ *cough*
//Spent too much time in the Sea of Pedantry . . .


There's actually an anime called NAZCA and yes, it involves the Nazca lines.

also, play the SNES Action/RPG Illusion of Gaia, it involves the Nazca lines too and it's pretty much a Ghibli movie in game form.
 
2013-01-25 08:13:34 PM  

PonceAlyosha: Level 5 continues to cement themselves as one of the best RPG developers of the past ten years, between this and Crimson Shroud they've had a really strong last two months.

On console style/JRPGs in general, they're one of the few major studios that really takes innovation in the genre/meta-genres seriously. They aren't quite the cheap and unstoppable machine that is Atlus' SMT teams, but they're doing some great work.


I want dark cloud three damnit.

Even if there are still clowns.
 
2013-01-25 08:19:31 PM  

rocky_howard: Teiritzamna: Doogles4221: Nazacca

Now i want to see a Studio Ghibli film about the Nazca lines of Peru. I mean there is definitely something there - especially as they can "only be seen from the air" and Miyazaki has a thing for sky-vessels (given what is father did, it is not a surprise).

/*cough* Nausicaa or ナウシカ *cough*
//Spent too much time in the Sea of Pedantry . . .

There's actually an anime called NAZCA and yes, it involves the Nazca lines.

also, play the SNES Action/RPG Illusion of Gaia, it involves the Nazca lines too and it's pretty much a Ghibli movie in game form.


Oh shiat! I totally did play that, but totally forgot! Thanks for the nostalgia train!!
 
2013-01-25 08:29:18 PM  
@moothemagiccow:

FTLA: There's a cow queen, and everyone calls her "Your Moojesty." This is very important.

Relevant to your interests?
 
2013-01-25 08:38:13 PM  

Smackledorfer: PonceAlyosha: Level 5 continues to cement themselves as one of the best RPG developers of the past ten years, between this and Crimson Shroud they've had a really strong last two months.

On console style/JRPGs in general, they're one of the few major studios that really takes innovation in the genre/meta-genres seriously. They aren't quite the cheap and unstoppable machine that is Atlus' SMT teams, but they're doing some great work.

I want dark cloud three damnit.

Even if there are still clowns.


Dark Cloud 3 kind of already exists, and is called Rogue Galaxy. Unfortunately they stripped out all the simulation elements and Georama, but the core mechanics are a beautiful refinement of the action RPG, and pretty the action-squad-turned based RPG FFXII wanted to be. Unfortunately, the story is quite possibly the worst on the console.
 
2013-01-25 09:24:50 PM  

PonceAlyosha: Unfortunately, the story is quite possibly the worst on the console.


Ha. Yeah, though Star Ocean 3 has to be close.

I was kind of digging Jaster on the first planet, where he pretty much plays along with his mistaken identity to get off of that shiathole planet. Went far downhill from there...
 
2013-01-25 09:40:13 PM  

Hitomi Tanaka's Paperweights: Perlin Noise: As a developer, I can say, that game looks pretty as hell.

May be the best use of "cartoon style" cell shading I have seen to date.

Fully agreed, that is a stunning implementation. I can understand it eliciting nothing more than 'meh' from people who aren't already interested in / enchanted by Studio Ghibli, but as someone who is, that is just beautiful.

However, I'm not interested in 'cute' games, I prefer darker stories and environments. So how do we get them to produce a Grave of the Fireflies RPG?


It's darker than you would think.

I'm about 5 hours in and it's been great so far. Certainly not a game you can cruise through. Nice difficulty and I hear it gets much harder.
 
2013-01-25 10:10:28 PM  
 
2013-01-25 10:23:40 PM  

palan: DarkPascual: Visually speaking, looks like something that Studio Ghibli could do... I like it.

Should check it out...

Ghibli helped develop it with Level 5.
moothemagiccow: Ehh, I'd get it if it weren't on PS3. Those uncomfortable controllers are murder for RPGs.


There's also a DS version, if you have one.


Yeah, if I speak Japanese, there is.
 
2013-01-25 10:24:34 PM  

GreenAdder: Kotaku is the worst gaming site ever made.


Fact.

Ni No Kuni still looks really good though!
 
2013-01-25 10:25:05 PM  

Zombalupagus: @moothemagiccow:

FTLA: There's a cow queen, and everyone calls her "Your Moojesty." This is very important.

Relevant to your interests?


farking hell. You have to be messing with me.
 
2013-01-25 10:27:30 PM  

ddam: moothemagiccow: Ehh, I'd get it if it weren't on PS3. Those uncomfortable controllers are murder for RPGs.

I've had the PSOne, PS2 and now PS3 and my hands are only comfortable with that controller. I find the xbox controller to be bulky.


The nunchuck/wii remote is actually the best. You can relax your arms, and the joystick's lighter.
 
2013-01-25 10:33:48 PM  

GreenAdder: Kotaku is the worst gaming site ever made.


I don't even count them as a gaming site because they post a lot of articles about non-game related shiat.
 
2013-01-25 10:42:43 PM  

sxacho: JesusJuice: Why do Asians draw eyes all huge? It's farking weird. They'd look like genetic freaks in the real world and they look like genetic freaks in your crazy nonsensical cartoons.

Scrooge McDuck.


Carl Barks was the most prolific writer and artist for the Disney Duck comics. He's responsible for four out of five entries on this list, and is therefore unarguably the father of the entire modern world. But possibly Bark's greatest contribution was the influence of Scrooge McDuck on one Osamu Tezuka. Don't recognize the name? Well, Tezuka has a few nicknames, like "The Father of Manga," or "The Godfather of Anime." If you've still got a blank stare on your face, then we'll just tell you he's the guy responsible for this:

Sorry. It's a Cracked link


Wow, I wasn't expecting an actual answer, but there it is, in all it's horror.
 
2013-01-25 10:43:46 PM  

RookStar: GreenAdder: Kotaku is the worst gaming site ever made.

I don't even count them as a gaming site because they post a lot of articles about non-game related shiat.


I don't understand how Kotaku became the 800 lb gorilla. So many other gaming sites are doing much better coverage. The entirety of Kotaku seems to be, "here's some stuff we pilfered from other sites. We're such good journalists."
 
2013-01-25 10:51:56 PM  

GreenAdder: RookStar: GreenAdder: Kotaku is the worst gaming site ever made.

I don't even count them as a gaming site because they post a lot of articles about non-game related shiat.

The entirety of Kotaku seems to be, "here's some stuff we pilfered from other sites. We're such good journalists."


Yeah, that's gaming journalism in a nutshell these days. It's also best to not believe everything you read either.
 
2013-01-25 10:54:56 PM  

JesusJuice: Why do Asians draw eyes all huge? It's farking weird. They'd look like genetic freaks in the real world and they look like genetic freaks in your crazy nonsensical cartoons.


They've all been drawing Betty Boop for decades.

www.tattoozfind.com
 
2013-01-25 10:59:46 PM  

RookStar: Yeah, that's gaming journalism in a nutshell these days. It's also best to not believe everything you read either.


I was really surprised Kotaku didn't take the bait on that one. Maybe someone should have posted it on Reddit/r/gaming.  Then they would have gobbled it whole.

"We're Gawker media. Reddit is full of creeps and pervs. Every last one of 'em is absolutely no good. There's not a single redeemable soul in the lot. By the way, here's some content from Reddit."
 
2013-01-25 11:21:30 PM  
Take a good luck at what will certainly inspire the majority of shiatty amateur porn drawn in the coming months.
 
2013-01-25 11:25:06 PM  

moothemagiccow: ddam: moothemagiccow: Ehh, I'd get it if it weren't on PS3. Those uncomfortable controllers are murder for RPGs.

I've had the PSOne, PS2 and now PS3 and my hands are only comfortable with that controller. I find the xbox controller to be bulky.

The nunchuck/wii remote is actually the best. You can relax your arms, and the joystick's lighter.


THANK YOU.

I thought I was the only one. So few appreciate the ability to have shoulder freedom.

I don't always like the motion stuff but separate hands is gold.
 
2013-01-25 11:37:07 PM  

moothemagiccow: ddam: moothemagiccow: Ehh, I'd get it if it weren't on PS3. Those uncomfortable controllers are murder for RPGs.

I've had the PSOne, PS2 and now PS3 and my hands are only comfortable with that controller. I find the xbox controller to be bulky.

The nunchuck/wii remote is actually the best. You can relax your arms, and the joystick's lighter.


AGREED! Going from a PS2, then to a Wii, then to a PS3...it really felt like I was going backwards controller interfaces. Not so much some of the wacky motion stuff, but just that my arms could be placed naturally along the sides of my body instead of tighly spaced on my lap.
 
2013-01-25 11:46:57 PM  

palan: Warrener: palan: There's also a DS version, if you have one.

Are there plans to release it for the 3DS in NA?

The only reference to a DS version I saw was a Japan Only release a few years ago.

I went back and checked. DS is japan only :(

So, I guess I wont be playing it either


I grabbed it for 1000 yen here (roughly 12 bucks; fark you exchange rate).  Still need to start it.
 
2013-01-26 12:13:06 AM  
*goes to buy it on Amazon*

"Amazon Exclusive 'griffy' DLC Character"

Oh farking jesus goddamn christ, can't I ever just buy game and get the whole thing up front without DLC bullshiat and store-exclusive content?

*doesn't buy it, goes back to playing Gamecube and PS2 games*
 
2013-01-26 01:02:36 AM  

rocky_howard: Teiritzamna: Doogles4221: Nazacca

Now i want to see a Studio Ghibli film about the Nazca lines of Peru. I mean there is definitely something there - especially as they can "only be seen from the air" and Miyazaki has a thing for sky-vessels (given what is father did, it is not a surprise).

/*cough* Nausicaa or ナウシカ *cough*
//Spent too much time in the Sea of Pedantry . . .

There's actually an anime called NAZCA and yes, it involves the Nazca lines.

also, play the SNES Action/RPG Illusion of Gaia, it involves the Nazca lines too and it's pretty much a Ghibli movie in game form.


If you liked that, I highly reccomend Terranigma, the third game in the (VERY LOOSE) trilogy (Soul Blazer-> Illusion of Gaia-> Terranigma)

You'll likely have to use a ROM, though: It came out in Europe, but not the US. REALLY good game.
 
2013-01-26 01:02:53 AM  
I'm waiting to pick this game up. I've been impressed with level 5 in the past, and the style of this game alone should be worth it. I just wish they would get a little better with storylines. I think the only other rpg style game I am anticipating more is the next Tales import (xillia)

As is, I just finally played MGS4.... damn that was a rewarding game, and makes me want to play through as much as I can to refresh the story arc since it looks like phantom pain is going to be MGS5. So much better than Assassins creed series.
 
2013-01-26 01:04:30 AM  

pjargon: And sold out everywhere! Unless you like giant downloads from psn


I pre-ordered mine from Best Buy. Went in on release date, and they didn't have it. Told me to come back Thursday, which I did, and they didn't have it again. Went in today, and they still didn't have it yet. I canceled my pre-order and went to my local Gamestop, which had at least 5 copies available still.

//Not gonna pre-order from Best Buy anymore.
 
2013-01-26 01:04:45 AM  

LadyBelgara: palan: Warrener: palan: There's also a DS version, if you have one.

Are there plans to release it for the 3DS in NA?

The only reference to a DS version I saw was a Japan Only release a few years ago.

I went back and checked. DS is japan only :(

So, I guess I wont be playing it either

I grabbed it for 1000 yen here (roughly 12 bucks; fark you exchange rate).  Still need to start it.


you are overseas during the truncated hockey season?Here's hoping you'll be back stateside for the playoffs.
 
2013-01-26 01:07:56 AM  
I would get this for the novelty of playing a Miyazaki animation, but I don't expect that it's going to be that great of a game overall. My past experience with games based on this just won't let me get that excited about it.
 
2013-01-26 01:23:14 AM  

msupf: As is, I just finally played MGS4.... damn that was a rewarding game, and makes me want to play through as much as I can to refresh the story arc since it looks like phantom pain is going to be MGS5. So much better than Assassins creed series.


My only complaint about MGS4 was that it took the already-annoying tendency of the Japanese to make expository dialogue extremely repetitive and cranked it up to 11. I swear there were some cut scenes that could have been reduced from 20 minutes to 2 without losing any information, and they would have been easier to follow since they wouldn't put you into a hypnotic daze half way through.

Never has so little been said by so many words.
 
2013-01-26 01:31:29 AM  

fallingcow: msupf: As is, I just finally played MGS4.... damn that was a rewarding game, and makes me want to play through as much as I can to refresh the story arc since it looks like phantom pain is going to be MGS5. So much better than Assassins creed series.

My only complaint about MGS4 was that it took the already-annoying tendency of the Japanese to make expository dialogue extremely repetitive and cranked it up to 11. I swear there were some cut scenes that could have been reduced from 20 minutes to 2 without losing any information, and they would have been easier to follow since they wouldn't put you into a hypnotic daze half way through.

Never has so little been said by so many words.


It had a metal gear fight. That alone makes it my favorite boss battle in the series. Granted, MGS3 was the better overall game.
 
2013-01-26 01:50:15 AM  

Antimatter: fallingcow: msupf: As is, I just finally played MGS4.... damn that was a rewarding game, and makes me want to play through as much as I can to refresh the story arc since it looks like phantom pain is going to be MGS5. So much better than Assassins creed series.

My only complaint about MGS4 was that it took the already-annoying tendency of the Japanese to make expository dialogue extremely repetitive and cranked it up to 11. I swear there were some cut scenes that could have been reduced from 20 minutes to 2 without losing any information, and they would have been easier to follow since they wouldn't put you into a hypnotic daze half way through.

Never has so little been said by so many words.

It had a metal gear fight. That alone makes it my favorite boss battle in the series. Granted, MGS3 was the better overall game.


Oh, that fight was awesome. REX biting and clawing the ray was so fun I kept doing that attack over and over and over.

Yeah, it was long-winded, but I expect that from Kojima anymore. There was a lot of closure in the game however, which was nice. Too many franchises never get around to half of what they did in mgs4.
 
2013-01-26 03:02:31 AM  

Teiritzamna: Doogles4221: Nazacca

Now i want to see a Studio Ghibli film about the Nazca lines of Peru. I mean there is definitely something there - especially as they can "only be seen from the air" and Miyazaki has a thing for sky-vessels (given what is father did, it is not a surprise).

/*cough* Nausicaa or ナウシカ *cough*
//Spent too much time in the Sea of Pedantry . . .


Actually the proper title in Japanese is 風の谷のナウシカ (Kaze no Tani no Naushika).
 
2013-01-26 04:24:14 AM  

moothemagiccow: Zombalupagus: @moothemagiccow:

FTLA: There's a cow queen, and everyone calls her "Your Moojesty." This is very important.

Relevant to your interests?

farking hell. You have to be messing with me.



FTA: Anyone within earshot of me in the last week and a half will attest that I'm absolutely loving the PS3 RPG Ni No Kuni.

Follow the Ni No Kuni link. It goes to http://kotaku.com/5977952/twelve-things-you-should-know-about-the-ste l lar-stunning-ni-no-kuni. Scroll down to the last one, Your Moojesty.
/takes a bow
//My work is done here.
 
2013-01-26 05:18:01 AM  
I was watching a Let' Play online and it really does look amazing. I hope it does well.

Meanwhile I've been playing this thing all week, and turning myself into an emotional wreck.

beneaththetangles.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-26 07:03:39 AM  

fallingcow: *goes to buy it on Amazon*

"Amazon Exclusive 'griffy' DLC Character"

Oh farking jesus goddamn christ, can't I ever just buy game and get the whole thing up front without DLC bullshiat and store-exclusive content?

*doesn't buy it, goes back to playing Gamecube and PS2 games*


This is starting to bother me too. I pre-ordered The Cave on steam on a whim(looks pretty cool), and got some Team Fortress 2 items for pre-ordering. I don't even own Team Fortress 2.
 
2013-01-26 11:17:20 AM  

Scruffinator: fallingcow: *goes to buy it on Amazon*

"Amazon Exclusive 'griffy' DLC Character"

Oh farking jesus goddamn christ, can't I ever just buy game and get the whole thing up front without DLC bullshiat and store-exclusive content?

*doesn't buy it, goes back to playing Gamecube and PS2 games*

This is starting to bother me too. I pre-ordered The Cave on steam on a whim(looks pretty cool), and got some Team Fortress 2 items for pre-ordering. I don't even own Team Fortress 2.


Actually you do "own" Team Fortress 2, because its free to play, and as a result Steam considers everyone to own it even if they haven't downloaded it. The free items from The Cave are purely cosmetic items for the Engineer class.
 
Skr
2013-01-26 11:40:47 AM  
Had not heard of this game before now. Promptly ordered it.
Pretty much own everything Ghibli /Miyazaki I can get my hands on so promptly ordered this. Only problem is I'll probably be forced to play it only when my significant other is around cause she dig the Ghibli/Miyazaki stuff too but wouldn't have the patience to play the game herself.

Curious if the USA version has a "Japanese voice w/ subtitles" option, though the english voice acting in the game previews seems like it was pretty decent. The typical soft spoken style that most of the english Ghibli films have.

Thier works all feel like excellent modern takes of fairy tails. Albeit the giant malleable raccoon (tanuki) testicles was a bit scar inducing.

24.media.tumblr.com


/the novel series that Howl's Moving Castle was based off of was pretty interesting.
 
2013-01-26 11:57:14 AM  
Only released in Canada
img89.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-26 11:58:00 AM  

Skr: Had not heard of this game before now. Promptly ordered it.
Pretty much own everything Ghibli /Miyazaki I can get my hands on so promptly ordered this. Only problem is I'll probably be forced to play it only when my significant other is around cause she dig the Ghibli/Miyazaki stuff too but wouldn't have the patience to play the game herself.

Curious if the USA version has a "Japanese voice w/ subtitles" option, though the english voice acting in the game previews seems like it was pretty decent. The typical soft spoken style that most of the english Ghibli films have.

Thier works all feel like excellent modern takes of fairy tails. Albeit the giant malleable raccoon (tanuki) testicles was a bit scar inducing.

[24.media.tumblr.com image 450x320]


/the novel series that Howl's Moving Castle was based off of was pretty interesting.


Yup it's dual audio. I haven't started playing it yet, but from what I've read the lips are synced to the Japanese dialog, although it's not supposed to be too noticeable when using English.
 
Skr
2013-01-26 12:10:38 PM  

pyrotek85:

Yup it's dual audio. I haven't started playing it yet, but from what I've read the lips are synced to the Japanese dialog, although it's not supposed to be too noticeable when using English.



Thanks for the info! I'll need to play around with it when I receive it to see which I prefer.
 
2013-01-26 12:16:06 PM  
A console game?

How quaint.
 
2013-01-26 12:32:12 PM  

Skr: Curious if the USA version has a "Japanese voice w/ subtitles" option, though the english voice acting in the game previews seems like it was pretty decent. The typical soft spoken style that most of the english Ghibli films have.


Maybe I'm a closet racist or something, but I've never found Japanese voice in anime particularly appealing as voice work. Sure some of the English stuff is pretty bad, but generally the Japanese voice acting is so ridiculously over the top with screaming and other shenanigans that its hardly an improvement considering I don't speak the language.

I'm not a huge anime buff or anything, so maybe I just haven't seen the worst of the worst, but it seems almost all my friends who enjoy anime refuse to watch anything dubbed.
 
2013-01-26 12:33:23 PM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Actually you do "own" Team Fortress 2, because its free to play, and as a result Steam considers everyone to own it even if they haven't downloaded it. The free items from The Cave are purely cosmetic items for the Engineer class.


That's actually good to know, thanks.

I still find pre order bonuses and things like that annoying though. Why can't it all just be part of the game?
 
Skr
2013-01-26 01:10:26 PM  

Smackledorfer:

Maybe I'm a closet racist or something, but I've never found Japanese voice in anime particularly appealing as voice work. Sure some of the English stuff is pretty bad, but generally the Japanese voice acting is so ridiculously over the top with screaming and other shenanigans that its hardly an improvement considering I don't speak the language.

I'm not a huge anime buff or anything, so maybe I just haven't seen the worst of the worst, but it seems almost all my friends who enjoy anime refuse to watch anything dubbed.


Meh that doesn't make you a racist. It just comes down to personal preference. There are horrible voice actors in every language, some tend to get more work than others though.
I personally enjoy the phonology of Japanese and can understand around 95% of what I hear, so it just comes down to what I feel like listening to at the moment. /shrug
 
2013-01-26 02:37:29 PM  
A friend of mine who loves JRPGs is now completely addicted to this game. He's constantly telling me that it's the prettiest game he's ever played. I don't play games, and my husband likes xbox, so we will probably never play it...but I do love Ghibli films. Might have to watch some youtube video on it to see what it looks like.
 
2013-01-26 04:16:06 PM  

bborchar: A friend of mine who loves JRPGs is now completely addicted to this game. He's constantly telling me that it's the prettiest game he's ever played. I don't play games, and my husband likes xbox, so we will probably never play it...but I do love Ghibli films. Might have to watch some youtube video on it to see what it looks like.


I initially chose Xbox360 over the ps3, and only in the last year picked up a ps3 because my older brother chose it as his reintroduction to console gaming. I still kick myself for not choosing a ps3 earlier. Despite the flubs with user profile data, I will likely hold onto the ps3 longer than the Xbox now. They don't require a subscription to play online with friends, and the subscription service they do have is pretty nice right now. I am playing a lot of games I missed because of either platform exclusivity or not willing to invest in them initially for free* (subscription cost of $50/year) for as long as I have a subscription. Even at used copy prices it has more than paid for itself, as they release 1 major title per month free, then up to two lesser full length titles, and then a smattering of arcade style games.

Games I've played free:
Resident evil 5 deluxe edition
Just cause 2
Saints row 2
Infamous 2
Darksiders
War hammer 40k
etc. etc. I think batman arkham city is up soon, even if I did play it on Xbox already I will get download it.
 
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