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Ralek85

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#2

Ralek85 commented on Atlus Confirms Conception II DLC Details and M...:

This game actually any good ? Was not really convinced neither by the reviews nor by the demo (played it on Vita for what seems a rather nice graphics bump).
Maybe my perspective is a bit skewed since I'm currently playing P4G but this just felt off somehow ... can't really put my finger on it. All the systems seemed rather superficial I guess and all the dialogue and action were kinda slow paced almost tedious. This just me ?
Didn't really have a desire to pick it up after the demo. I expected to like it quite a bit despite the somehow contrived and silly setting beforehand though.

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#3

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 17th April (Europe):

E3 can't come soon enough. I could do with some more pleasant anticipation where these updates are concerned. On the other hand maybe we all just got spoiled last year ? =(

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#4

Ralek85 commented on Subtle Character Design Changes Spotted for No...:

This kinda self-censorship, if I may call it thus, is curious at best. But is so minimal that it barely worth mentioning. which in turn makes it even more curious. Really wondering what the tought of train behind these changes was ...

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#5

Ralek85 commented on Review: Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS eShop):

You know even Square realized very recently that not everyone in Europa and America loathes jRPGs and that they just might be to able to sell a couple of them here if they tried really really hard. I believe if Square can make such a giant mental leap forward every other decade or so, so can everyone else. Not every American loaths football (sorry soccer). For christ sakes it was merely days ago that Jon Stewart on basic cable did the next best thing to worshipping the ground Pelê walkend on in his studio. One thing that still baffles me on a more generall note, is that we still have this division even with purely digital releases between the regions, moving into the realm of the astonishing is that this is even kept up with products which are already localized. Nintendo is aware that we have a whole friggin island of English speaking people over here in Europe, aren't they ? So why can a digital game be published by Nintendo itself to be released in Europe .. but not in America. I get the other direction, since not any Europeans speak English but this is just very strange....
Sorry don't mind me I'm just ranting.

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#7

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@element187 That seems unlikely since the mainseries SMT game always had a much more serious and darker mood than the Persona games, especially P3 and P4, which I though in contrast to SMT were very much lighthearted. I think the chibistyle ain'T a bad fit for P3 and P4 at all. But I agree I can't see it for SMT, but then I again I really don'T see that happening at all. Atlus knows it's property and consumer base to well to try to pull something like that I'd wager.

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#8

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@XFsWorld Nice to hear. I got it mainly for P4G and as a companion device for my PS4 and since I got the Tearaway bundle for 200 bucks I was like a what the hell ... ^^ Gotta say hardwarewise it's a pretty neat device, I mean that OLED ... wish there was like a premium 3DS version that offered something like it. Just too bad that there are so few great games for it.

@Excep7ional My thoughts excatly !
In regards to SMTIV, it is a pretty great game, I liked the whole battlemechanic quite alot and the art for the Demons is pretty amazing, in some ways it is superior to the 3D incarnations in Persona. Something is just always lost in translation when you modell an artist's vision into 3D graphics I guess (Actually I can't recall a single game that looked as breathtaking as it's artworks). Despite all that I definitely had a harder time keeping up with it, esp. towards the end. The combat and the pacing of the story makes it definitely feel alot more tedious. In the end I felt like I played for twice the time I actually spent playing it, that was never the case in Persona though. EOIV has similar problems but makes up for it with a sense of adventure and exploration that comes together really well. Haven't finished it yet so tough. I really hope Persona Q will manage to infuse this sense of exploration into the Persona series, that would make for a worthwhile addition! We'll see :-D

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#9

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@Excep7ional Thanks, it's supposed to be Darth Bane ^^
In regards to Persona, to me, at least, it doesn't sound silly at all. In these games you tend to do ALOT of fighting and while I'm certainly not a graphic jerk or anything like it, a completely static representation of my actions on screen tends to make games feel very tedious at times. That's definitely something the Persona games have managed pretty well sp far. Of course the overabundance of sheer style and also the music help alot to make the whole experience fell alive. That being said EO and SMT are pretty good games, I just find the experience not as enthralling as the Persona games and good chunck of that stems from a sense of visual abstraction. If that makes any sense ^^

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#10

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@Excep7ional I definitely also prefer the Persona view of the action in battle, that being said, it looks like we'll see quite some battle animation of our own party. Looks alot more dynamic than EO. While I could live with a more static/icon/menu-driven approach, I vastly prefer the Persona-style approach. That was also one of the things irking me about SMTIV I have to say.

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#12

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@CaveDweller Looks like 1st-person grid/round-based exploration. Nothing P3 or P4 did. Also yes the artstyle. In regards to spin-offs coming up with different gameplay mechanics I wouldn't necessarily agree, could just be that e.g. a narrative is being told that doesn't fit into a conintuum of a series but plays out in the same universe. That's obviously not the case here but just generally speaking.
Also what make's up a "proper" persona game ? ^^ And if it's not a proper one (I'm thinking more of Dancing All Night and P4 Arena as not "proper" persona games since these ain't RPGs) would that be so bad ?

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#13

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@ZeroZX_Dev Well it's not hard to see why 3 and 4 are the most popular I guess, not even accounting for them being the most recent, esp. P4 with P4G gathered a large followship beyond P3 I guess. But yeah you're right this is closer to the earlier entries, in regards to it's EO-style exploration view but the rest really screems P3 and P4 to me, which is an excellent thing.
@Ralizah Agreed, we all knew it wouldn't be a "pure" persona but somekind of a beautiful barsteward between EO and Persona, which is something new and therefore welcome. Also we shouldn't forget that Atlus is really treating us all the way, since we even get an all new "pure" Persona (P5) on the Ps3, not to mention a new beat'em'up (got the first one but it's just not my genre) and a Rythm game. Dancing All Night is like the first rythm game ever that has me actually excited. Hope it turns out great. Same thing for Persona Q. P5 will be great no worries there. Nais to see Atlus is spreading the love around three different consoles, lucky I got all of them :P

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#14

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

@Peach64 Why is it not a Persona game, from what I can see it oozes with exactly the same style as Persona 3 and 4, not to mention shared charactes, battlemechanics, Personas etc. Gameplaywise maybe you should check out Persona games earlier to P3 (yes they exist) to see that this is not exactly a great departures for the series ...

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#15

Ralek85 commented on Video: Atlus Serves Up an Early Look at Person...:

I'm just now playing Persona 4 Golden on my brand new Vita and I must say this looks rather pleasing. What I was afraid of was that the battles would look as static as in EQ, which is basically the main thing I disliked about the EQ-Series. I really like that in Persona you always see all your characters as well as the enemies and an animation for every action. From the looks of it this will be a compromise between EQ menu-driven view and Persona 3/4 action-driven view. I think I can live with that, not that I would have skipped the game anways. But I still think a more lively representation of your decisions makes for a better overall experience. Definitely gonna get this once I'm finished P4G und P3P (female this time). All hail to Persona! ^^

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#16

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd April (North America):

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball since it's free ... but really they could have brought the GBA games to 3DS as well, at least I could be a tiny bit excited then with this update. But alas business as usual.

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#17

Ralek85 commented on Preview: Mario Kart 8:

This sounds and looks all pretty amazing, but I wonder if they'll also work on the A.I. The whole rubberband thing maybe faithful to the series but it's still an annoyance. The WiiU should allow for a little more sophisticated approach one would think !

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#18

Ralek85 commented on Features: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014 - Spri...:

Looks like a slow year (so far) but then again we get Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth a possible Fusion of two of the greatest rpgs ever mixed up with Etrian Odyssey which should make for an amazing game. Also of course there is always Smash ... ^^

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#22

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd April (Europe):

Cross-buy as well as cross-save for emulated GBA games should be a no-brainer ... At least I can't come up with a good counter.argument neither from the consumer perspective nor from Ninty's perspective. Not saying that this would make me wanna buy a WiiU right now, but it would add some value in the long run. I recently got a Vita and aside from P4G which I (happily) bought of the psn for 20$, all the dozens of games I put on it came 4 free with PS+ over the years (and that includes most of the quality games on the platform as of right now). Even if there is not that much quality content on Vita as on 3DS (no argument there) it's just too good an proposition to pass up in the long run (esp. if you also own a ps3/ps4 which I do).
Not sure while Nintys seems unable to grasp such a simple concept or maybe they do but somehow disagree with the logic ... I just wish they would put as much effort into marketing and distributing their games as their put in the development itself ...

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#23

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd April (Europe):

Well at least they bothered with a really good selection of games. Although I think the price is kind of steep, the one thing that bugs me more is that they haven't gone for a simultaneos launch of GBA games on WiiU and 3DS. Seems to me like they are making an almost conscious effort to somehow seperate these two platforms. Not only is that the direct opposite of what Sony is doing, but also I'm not sure what the big idea is. I'd assume deeper integration of both their dedicated gaming platforms should help either platform in the long run. Guess we just have to wait and see how the Ninty-way plays out. Hope it does at that :-D

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#26

Ralek85 commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@MadchesterManc That's what most people call a double standart and yeah well ... when it comes to question of gender equality and sexism a double standart can be employed in one-direction and in one direction only ... else it would be hyporcrisy. I know I know it's very confusing, but that's no coincidence considering very confusing is a euphemism for political correctness. I remember some very intense discussion with women being upset (rightly so) that they were not allowed to service in German armed forces at the same time some of us young gentlemen were very, very upset that we were conscripted ...

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#27

Ralek85 commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

I have to strongly disagree with the whole sentiment, that gaming has matured when it comes to sex and gender roles. I don't really know where the notion comes from but I guess it is just one of those instances where people tell themselves over and over the thing they want to hear .... and somehow that manages a turn-around in perception .. which in turn substitutes for reality Oo And please nobody mention Mass Effect or the likes as an example of oh-how-mature the whole thing just got ... or at least stop to thinkit about for a moment before you write it down ... and then don't!

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#28

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 13th March (North America):

Considering even the standart weekly PSN sales are more exciting than a month worth of average e-shop updates, one has to seriously question if Nintendo indeed realizes that it is not operating in a separate universe onto itself ... more to the point how much longer they can afford to operate as if they were a special entitiy in this market ...

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#29

Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: Important Steps to Bring the 3D...:

Interesting, actually since I have a Ps3 and a Ps4 and because of the aforementioned synergy of those two homeconsoles with PS Vita, as well as VITA's amazing Oled screen, low price (as low as 150€ for a new system) and PS+ (great value), I decided recently to get me one, also of course in no small part to be able to finally play Persona 4 Golden, which I already own on PSN ^^
But I have to say since I own (and very much love) a 3DS XL there is really little drive to get WiiU. The WiiU similar to the VITA is on it's on merit (meaning mostly exclusive games) not quite there yet to justify the investment. That being said, with 'X' as well as SMT X FE and MK8 upcoming this could change sooner rather than later, still I wished I would get some value out of it owning a 3DS as well as WiiU besides access to new exclusives. For a PS4 as well as PS+ owner/suscriber VITA manages just that quite nicely, you can go ahead and download quite a few games you have amassed over time (and that's not "just" some indiegames or the likes but also rather recent fullprice AAA games like Soul Sacrifice) without additional cost, you can use the 2nd screen feature, I'm also looking forward to setting on my balcony and playing some Infamous 2nd son via remote play (also the feature is still somewhat imperfect) in the next weeks ... Nintendo could definitely learn a thing or two from what Sony did here, conversely Sony could manage to learn a thing or two about dedicated handheld games from Nintendo mind you.
6 months ago I considered the VITA a great but useless piece of hardware ...

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#30

Ralek85 commented on Review: Weapon Shop De Omasse (3DS eShop):

Gonna pick this up once it is on sale like all the other Guild games. Interesting to see though that the reviews for this one are all over the place, really seems to fall into the "not for everyone" category ^^

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#31

Ralek85 commented on Matters of Import: Prepare To Die In Fire Embl...:

@Starwolf_UK First off, let's be happy it was a success ! No matter where FE goes from here as a franchise, will be vastly preferablely to it being a dead franchise ! Secondly, "Throwing high stats, silver weapons and absurd skills " is really nothing new neither for the FE series nor for tactic/strategy/rpg games in general. I'm still hoping for a more advanced AI down the line, maybe on the WiiU blessed with more prorcessing power. An AI that plays to win and not just to score a single cheap kill would be a real breath of fresh air! But you certainly make some valid points (esp. about strategic planning with items e.g., also I never found that aspect all that taxing in most previous games), and I wanna repeat the kind of naive lunatic hope, that we might see some kind of two-pronged FE franchise (at the very least) similar to SMT (check my post above).

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#32

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America):

@gamerphil07 One might hope so and don't get me wrong I'm very much looking forward to what Ninty can come up with gamewise this year. But I still find this argument dubious really, it most likely involvs completely different teams at Ninty, I don't see a gamedevelopment team crafting the e-shop platform, setting marketing policies and so on ^^ For that failure I'm affraid, I have to lay blame with at the very least Iwata himself

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#33

Ralek85 commented on Matters of Import: Prepare To Die In Fire Embl...:

@R-Moss Well I hear you and there might be something to it. The game has a different somewhat 'lighter' tone in many regards. Personally I don't take issue with that, like the 'casual' setting this was clearly aimed at broadening the potential consumer base while retaining the core audience. I think they managed that quite nicely. I found the experience more than enjoyable. In fact something similar happened to another favourite franchise of mine in the form of Persona 3 and 4 I think. Which was itself less "dark'n'gritty' than SMT but progress steadily towards more of a highschool drama anime series without going all the way. Persona 4 is still an amazing game and no worse for it just a bit different. But I can see how this is most likely just personal preference. I always feel western rpgs are more often than not take themselves to serious for their own good and neither Awakening no Persona 4 is really out there when it comes to 'childish anime'-style in jRPGs. One can hope FE maybe can walk either walk in both shoes or gets a kind of Persona-esque spin-off series :-D I could enjoy "classic" FE as much as "classic" SMT by the way of e.g. SMT IV. By the same token I love me some Persona and definitely also would love me some FE:Awakening II :-D

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#34

Ralek85 commented on Matters of Import: Prepare To Die In Fire Embl...:

@R-Moss Interesting you would equate anime with childish ... that is quite curious frankly Oo Also I'm not sured in which way Awakening required "no strategy" and therefore less than other FE games, also I disagree about your sentiment that it is "easy", first off Path of Radiance as well as Radiant Dawn were alot easier (despite being wonderfull games) than Awakening on Lunatic (+)/Classic in my opinion. Truth be told I'm not sure at all what you are getting at, maybe you don't like some of the art, the marriage-system or the story ... be that as I may it certainly doesn't hurt the core experience of the game in may opinion. I'm glad Awakenung was as warmly rcevied as it happend to be, it virtually guaranteed the survival of the series and also further localisation (not to mentio: SMT x FE). So ..... even if it was some childish/casual whatever bs game (which it absolutely is NOT) it would have served a greater purpose ...

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#37

Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America):

@gamerphil07 I'm not sure what making games has to do with the quality and management of a company's online infrastructre. I doubt anyone would argue that the "e-shop" platform is even close to the PSN or XLive for that matter. Nintendo made great progress the last two yeas I would say but they are still half a decade behind in most regards. I'm happy that I was able to go all digital with my 3DS but there are downsides, for the most part you have to pay anything but "streetprices", for some games we had to wait forever (think Kid Icarus Uprising), there is still 0 Nds and Gba games available, the virtual console in general is pretty barren, it took them until recently to unify accounts for 3DS/WiiU, Software is still licensed to a specific hardware and not to a account (without a option for the customer to transfer the license without access to the (operable) device) ... Most of the issues could be fixed rather easily I guess and I have no idea what's holding them back, but truth be told, these updates are becoming something of a joke, 1 vc per week ? with nintendos back-catalogue of software ? games that are still only available as retails (tales of the abyss, theatrhythm ? With every passing months this whole thing is becoming less eccentric and more sad and actually ... worrisome.

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#42

Ralek85 commented on Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japane...:

Looks decent gameplay wise. As a big steampunk fan I'd certainly be more than willing to drop a couple of bucks on something like this (or a Club Nintendo reward ? :P). Wish there were more games in that setting, not everything has to be WW2/Zombies/Medieval Fantasy ... Pretty much the main reason I am excited for The Order later this year!

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#43

Ralek85 commented on Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Title...:

@unrandomsam Playing the numbers game I'd say little else matters except Android and iOS, so there is that. There has been some change lately in terms of "control"-options hardwarewise. I haven't tried it myself but from what I hear these devices a quite a bit clunky and also expensive, also the building quality has been critized on occasion. But in more general terms, I don't see many people buying into these devices since they mess up the formfactor of for e.g. my iphone pretty bad, so bad that it'S not really viable anymore to carry them in a pocket. Personally I'm not used to carrying my handhelds in my pocket anyways, but my iPhone ? There have too be some damn good games on it before I shell out the money for a controller-addon and before I'm putting it in a extra bag.

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#44

Ralek85 commented on Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Title...:

@unrandomsam I am happy about it too, but not due to the fact that i oppose it on principle but because they would have made a mess of it as things stand. Before anything can be done in regards to smartphone certain realities have to be recognized and confronted with due dilligence, part of it is the shrinking market for dedicated mobile gaming devices (just a fact I love my 3DS to death), the pricing structure and consumer mentality on smartphones. Also of course the change in interface and hardware power to name just a few.
It would be a real challenge to provide the same level of quality and ingenuity on the limited interface of a smartphone without providing content that is constituting a direct competition to inhouse products like the 3DS and its successor. With that being said, I believe this would require nothing short of a giant leap for Nintendo, a leap that the current managment is neither willing to risk nor able to see through with any degree of confidence. With doesn't to s*** to solve the revenue issues Ninty'S facing today and in the long run. What matters is the games, the hardware is secondary. The introduction of microphones, gyrocontrols, dual-screen, parallax 3D and so on and so forth had little value for the gameplay itself, on the other hand the lack of physical buttons had a huge impact on smartphones and this is when hardware becomes relevant. All in all quite the conundrum.

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#45

Ralek85 commented on Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Title...:

I don't see the issue with Nintendo providing gaming experience that a tailor made to are smartphone/touch screen environment that all these devices share. Maybe a joint venture with Apple would be more their style providing a more unified hardware as well as software basis for their develoment efforts. What they should NOT do in ANY case is trade on their name and franchises and provide shovelware possibly even tainted with unbearable micro-transactions. Maybe, and that is a big mabye, in the very short term, this would create some profit, but ultimately it would hurt their reputation and their band badly and at that costly. Nintendo should be smart about this, but the thing that bugs me is that clearly Iwata lacks the kind of insight into this area that would be necessary to pull something like this succesfully. Sadly this is not the only area were is expertise seems to be falling short significantly =( The way I say it under current managment Nintendo would only manage to alienate their loyal customer base, esp. in regards to handhelds. So as things stand they should steer clear.
Maybe Iwata realizes his own limited skillset and is honest enough about it to himself ^^ That would deserve at least some credit ... I guess.

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#46

Ralek85 commented on Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Heading to ...:

Never played anything less than good and for the most part great when it comes to the Persona series. Bringing 3 and 4 together and mashing in some EQ-ish elements, has the potential for real greatnes. This is Day One just like P5 in 2015. No questions asked.

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#47

Ralek85 commented on Video: Import Only 3DS Blaster Radirgy De Goja...:

Doesn't look that interessting, but still ... how come ? This game is a digital release anyways and from the looks of it, it's far from text heavy. So how much effort could a translation and international "publishing" be ?
I just don't get it. If it were a RPG with thousands upon thousands of lines of text, or some heavy cultural themes .. But something like this ? Is there any scenario were "localisation" coud possibly not pay for itself ? Oo