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Dezzy

Is anyone else worried that this game seems to be a bit too japanese? It's hard to say from the trailers so far but it does feel a bit different than it's predecessor, if only in its style (I think it's those character models!)

Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with things that are heavily designed around certain japanese themes and approaches to storytelling (the Tales series is one of my favourite and I absolutely love it). But part of the reason I loved the Wii game so much is that it seemed to achieve that almost Final Fantasy-like quality of being designed for an international audience (which apparently it wasn't).

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CaviarMeths

Dezzy wrote:

Is anyone else worried that this game seems to be a bit too japanese? It's hard to say from the trailers so far but it does feel a bit different than it's predecessor, if only in its style (I think it's those character models!)

Seems stylistically closer to Xenosaga, yes.

But I'm not totally against that.

Final Fantasy was heavily influenced by the granddaddy of RPGs, Wizardry. Both Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy were very "Western" games in the early days. I would argue that they became more Japanese as time went by. Final Fantasy XIII plays and feels much more like a JRPG than Final Fantasy IV did.

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Tops

@Dezzy I don't think I've ever worried about anything being too Japanese. The game looks so epic I can't wait.

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This game will probably uber Japanese since from a story telling perspective it reminds me of the early Monolithsoft games.

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Dezzy

CaviarMeths wrote:

Seems stylistically closer to Xenosaga, yes.
But I'm not totally against that.

Final Fantasy was heavily influenced by the granddaddy of RPGs, Wizardry. Both Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy were very "Western" games in the early days. I would argue that they became more Japanese as time went by. Final Fantasy XIII plays and feels much more like a JRPG than Final Fantasy IV did.

Yep, Xenosaga is what I was thinking of.
I'm not sure how much I agree that Final Fantasy has become more japanese though. Maybe 13 was. But I'd say 9, 10 and 12 could easily have been made by western developers. 9 especially was more or less based on a collection of european historical periods (alexandria was medieval france, lindblum was victorian london, madain sari was ancient greece, etc)

Tops wrote:

I don't think I've ever worried about anything being too Japanese.

As I say, I do like things that are very Japanese like the Tales series. But I also like some variety. And I like that the Final Fantasy series has felt like a blend of east and west.
Most games out there are either very Japanese (90% of modern JRPGs), very western (guns!!!!!! muscles. Explosions. Powwww) or just so deliberately impartial that they lose any sense of culture (e.g mario).

And yes, I might've slightly over simplified what western games are like.

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kkslider5552000

Story-wise Xenoblade didn't do a ton to be different from other JRPGs tbh. Its everything else about the game where the western influence came from.

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I'll cry if this game gets pushed too far back into 2015!

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OmegaMetroid93

Yeah, the only way XCX is more japanese than XBC would be... Well, the visuals. Maybe it's just that the quality of the models are so much better than in XBC so you can see it better, but the characters seem to look way more anime than before to me.
I don't care about that though. People were complaining about the eyes a lot... In the beginning, I thought they looked weird too, but the more I look at them, the more it looks normal.. Maybe that's just me though.

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Based off screenshots and information....

I think Elma is the main character's new best friend. Lol she must be a soldier thats fighting against the bad guys.
The woman with the Monado hair item in her short brown hair must be Elma's friend and a new ally for the main character.

The ticking on that tall spiral thingie must be the countdown to destruction of the planet.

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CaviarMeths

OmegaMetroid93 wrote:

Yeah, the only way XCX is more japanese than XBC would be... Well, the visuals. Maybe it's just that the quality of the models are so much better than in XBC so you can see it better, but the characters seem to look way more anime than before to me.
I don't care about that though. People were complaining about the eyes a lot... In the beginning, I thought they looked weird too, but the more I look at them, the more it looks normal.. Maybe that's just me though.

It's a mech game. It doesn't get much more Japanese than that. Only way they could make this more Japanese would be by adding pantsu.

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Mecha Pantsu...good name for a band?

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coughs I wonder if...ahhh... Elma is a potential love interest for the main character.... coughs loudly

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I hope not, if mainly just for the sake of messing with people's expectations.

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CaviarMeths

I want a decision system where characters live and die based on the choices you make.

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kkslider5552000

CaviarMeths wrote:

I want a decision system where characters live and die based on the choices you make.

That could be pretty interesting. I'm not sure if I'd care too much because this isn't gonna be like Mass Effect where decisions affect the sequels since they're clearly going for a "every game is its own thing" type of deal like a lot of JRPG series. I'm mostly just interested in them making a good story with good characters in an interesting world.

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kkslider5552000 wrote:

CaviarMeths wrote:

I want a decision system where characters live and die based on the choices you make.

That could be pretty interesting. I'm not sure if I'd care too much because this isn't gonna be like Mass Effect where decisions affect the sequels since they're clearly going for a "every game is its own thing" type of deal like a lot of JRPG series. I'm mostly just interested in them making a good story with good characters in an interesting world.

As it should be. A self-contained story is best. I just think putting the weight of the lives of the characters on the player is a neat idea. Gives it a good emotional thrust (not that it can't have that thrust without preventable, permanent death).

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I think Nintendo can market this game incredibly easily when it gets closer to release. Do a video just about the game then upload it everywhere. Commercials could be like, *"Create your own hero in this epic tale.... play Xenoblade Chronicles X". They could literally show a wide variety of people playing the game.

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If the English voice acting is a joke then I will happily choose the Japanese voice acting option. Hopefully a little image of whose talking appears for the Japanese voice acting option.

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