Open Forum #006

Open, off-topic discussion.

August 22, 2012 / 12:00 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Our sixth Open Forum is ready for discussion. What is the Open Forum, you ask? Why, it’s anything you want it to be. Whatever you don’t feel is appropriate to speak of in other posts, you can speak of here, as it’s your domain for anything and everything. Want to talk about sports? Here’s the place. Have a random question? Ask it here. Want to poll the community? Do it here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    I feel that this industry needs to stop rehashing FPS games like COD. Why oh why do games that bring something new to the table don’t sell as much. Gamers bitch about Japanese games being the same when they fail to see that our games industry has continually OVERSATURATED the industry with 8-16 FPS games per year. It has grown to ridiculous proportions. 

    DIE COD DIE. 

    • Revorse

      I personally don’t play FPSs but I don’t think they should die. I do believe that people need to realize while they bash RPGs for being the same, they don’t for FPSs and that’s ridiculous

    • Keiichii

      I’m also getting tired of the FPS hype thats been going on lately. I don’t hate the genre nor do I wish for it to vanish but I don’t want the same game with a different name each time one is release. Paying full price for something I already have? That’s ridiculous. 

    • Haruya

      As a veteran FPS gamer, I must say that there’s something an FPS brings that other games don’t. It’s just so satisfying to know that you were able to best someone in-game, because it makes you feel like you’re the better player -that you “won”- and competition is something that will always be part of the human nature. Everybody likes to win.

      I do agree that the FPS industry has grown ridiculously big however, and I would definitely like for other, less popular games to receive as much attention, specially JRPGs so that we can get localizations more often. Still, I must admit that, in a world dominated by FPSs, it makes it much more significant when you can actually play something that isn’t an FPS, and it makes it much more satisfying when you find people who play other types of games as well.

  • zakou

    A question to everyone.

    Question 1:
    As you get old, do you find games less appealing? i want to hear the truth and 0 bias from you, also just because gaming is our hobby i don’t want anyone forcing themselves to defend games just because of this sake.

    Question 2:
    Another question similar is: Did you find games better in your early age? do you think the creativity is running low or the other way around do you think that games are alot better than before? (not only counting graphics)

    Final Question:
    And finaly do you think that there is no change at all, games are as good as they used to be?

    Bonus Question:
    What game/anime/movie has the best story in your opinion?  just pick one “the best of all times”

    • chinglee

      Q1.Nope

      Q2.Not entirely, that is to say, a lot of things were new to me when I was younger(specially RPGs)so stuff felt fresh. What’s making most of the bigger, popular games are more stale nowadays is the directions a lot of devs are going for. Games are become more movie like. They feel less gamey taking control away from the gamer. And the graphics are given a lot more importance as well. More and more devs see how successful those types of games are in bringing in the $$$ so they’ll follow suit.
      The word I dread seeing being said by devs this gen is “accessible”.
      Also, to many sequels blah blah blah but there is a good amount of new IP’s this gen(a lot of which do not get the attention they deserve therefore not being that financially successful.

      Q3.I think it’s better. It’s just that the many little gems are crushed by big piles of shits that bury those gems that they are hard to see and the piles of shits takes the spot light.
      And the people will gladly eat that shit but shit 2 will be shated out along with 3 and 4 following closely behind and so on. So sadly the little gems won’t ever get the spot light and the attention they deserve. 

      B-B-B-bonus question:
      Well a story for me has to have an emotional impact, blow my mind in terms of surprises and twist and ultimately be something memorable.
      Game: Xenogears/FFIX
      Anime(don’t watch much anime): FMA Brotherhood/Grave of The Fireflies
      Movie: Dunno. Too many too choose from xD I liked Old Boy a lot but I’m not saying it’s the best. I can’t say which movie has the best story for me.

    • GameMasterGG

       Sorry mate, but I will only answer to your Bonus Question…

      Bonus Question: Well…I loved FF IX’s storyline, it was so emotional with so many twists and just magical. It may be my favorite but next to that I’d put the brilliant story line of the Kingdom Hearts Series. It may be very..very…veeeeeery confusing but putting together all this game and thinking how they create the Xehanort Saga, you udnerstand how brilliant and emotional this story line is.

      Anime…Hm… Death Note has a very good story line, and Hell Girl’s is very interesting and I ak watching it right now. I really like Shaman’s King storyline too, and hell I say it..Naruto’s storylune may be a bit of cliche but it is very good! I haven’t watched tons of Anime yet but these are some of my favorites.

      And last, movies. Probably, Inception.

    • bebestorm117

      Q1: Noo

      Q2: The only games that use to better are jrpgs sadly. Overall games are better are now especially western developed games. Creativity is blossoming in retail and especially downloadable games on psn and xbla.

      Q3: I think games are better story wise and various gameplay mechanics.

      Bonus: My favorite is Final Fantasy X with MGS series very close second.

    • Archvile78

      1. Nah, not really. In fact as i grow older my taste for genre branched out instead of being RPG centralised. So that’s a good thing.

      2. JRPG used to be better back then but when i say better, what i mean is there was way more potential serie that were interesting. Nowaday, not so much the only serie i REALLY love is Tales, i always know it’ll be worth the price i pay for them. I used to look forward to FF games but not so much anymore for obvious reasons.

      Creativity wise yeah from most big name companies now that the market is more FPS centered but thanks to indie developers there will always be new creative games coming out.

      3. Many games that comes out seems half-assed and only an excuse to gouge customers with DLC. Of course those are optional.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      1. Gosh, this is quite the question. For me it is…

      I can say one thing, like many others, I’ve moved away from only playing a specific genre, or a few games a year. I started to feel like I was really limiting myself, and that I should give other games a fair try.

      Do I find games less appealing now? I think I do sometimes. I think it has to do with having more responsibilities and having less time to play games. I used to be able to sit down and just dive into a game, kinda lose myself in playing it. I just can’t seem to do that anymore, not like I used to.

      Why? Tough to say. One factor is having lots of things to do with my free time. I spend more of my free time doing other things, not just video game related stuff. When I was young, I remember the days of only having a small crappy TV and my game console. I didn’t have the internet, or a smart phone, and my PC was just good enough to play minesweeper lol.

      So, is it the fault of developers and the games coming out today? Not always, I think for me, many times its my fault. That and time just passing by to quickly for me. I’m not one of those people who gets easily bored. I have so many things to do, that I need to do. Like with video games, I have way to many in my back log.

      With all of that said, when the stars align and I get the chance. I get to sit down and really lose myself in a game, it still gives me a feeling like no other. 

      I remember when Tales of Vesperia released here in the US. I had the entire week off, and I ended up pretty much only playing Vesperia the entire week. It was all I could think about, it just dominated my thoughts, I went to bed at night wanting to get to sleep quickly, just so I could wake up and play more of the game. It took me back to my young teens and early childhood, and it made me realize that I could still have those feelings when playing video games these days. I just needed the time.

      2. I would be a lying if I ignored nostalgia. It can literally dominate memories you have from childhood. A terrible movie could be something you remember fondly, and even when you watch it today and realize how awful it is, you just can’t not like it. I think the same thing can apply to video games. It isn’t always that way though, I can still go play Chrono Trigger, Zelda : Link to the Past, Super Mario World, all games I loved from my early gaming years. Guess what? Those games are still amazing. My young self fell in love with those games for a damn good reason.

      I mentioned above, Tales of Vesperia. I could list some other games. Personally, I’ve always preferred Japanese games. One of the main reasons is simple, my favorite genre has always been JRPGs. I would place MMORPGs as a close second. I used to be someone that only played those type of games. I would very rarely branch off. I went through some tough times in life, and when I returned to gaming after a few years, I decided to start branching out. To give other games a shot.

      I found that I was missing out on some good games, some I just couldn’t get into, I guess you could say that ship had sorta already sailed. I started to try more games being developed in the west. I found that while they kinda had a different taste in comparison to Japanese games, they were often times quite good. I suppose I decided to branch out at the right time, this generation has seen great games from all over the globe.

      3. I think there has been a change. I think with each generation, gaming changes in one way or another. Sometimes the change is good, sometimes the change is bad. 

      If developers keep making single player focused games, I think I will keep buying them. I’m talking about games with a great story, character development, fun gameplay mechanics, and exploration. I like games that allow me to explore, and kinda get lost in the world of the game. I also like games that want to tell a story, and want the player to feel like part of the team, they want you to experience things like the characters in the game do. And I like games that are fun but challenging, I want them to make me think, and come up with strategies and plans in my head on the fly. I guess you could say those are sweet spots for my gaming taste.

      I used to be picky, if the game didn’t offer a few of those, I didn’t play it. Now days, I find myself willing to play a game that only offers one of those, we might call those flawed gems or something like that. That’s not to say flawed gems were not being made years ago either, believe me they were. I was just young and picky. I wasn’t quite sure what I really liked, or what I really wanted from games.

      And yet, games today can still meet all those requirements and blow me away. Persona 4 comes to mind, it did all of that and more for me. And then sometimes a game like Batman Arkham City comes along, and it kinda hits all of the sweet spots in a completely different way. I keep playing games for experiences like that.

      Bonus. I need more time to come up with my answer. I’ve already typed like a castle here. Sorry about that.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      1. Gosh, this is quite the question. For me it is…

      I can say one thing, like many others, I’ve moved away from only playing a specific genre, or a few games a year. I started to feel like I was really limiting myself, and that I should give other games a fair try.

      Do I find games less appealing now? I think I do sometimes. I think it has to do with having more responsibilities and having less time to play games. I used to be able to sit down and just dive into a game, kinda lose myself in playing it. I just can’t seem to do that anymore, not like I used to.

      Why? Tough to say. One factor is having lots of things to do with my free time. I spend more of my free time doing other things, not just video game related stuff. When I was young, I remember the days of only having a small crappy TV and my game console. I didn’t have the internet, or a smart phone, and my PC was just good enough to play minesweeper lol.

      So, is it the fault of developers and the games coming out today? Not always, I think for me, many times its my fault. That and time just passing by to quickly for me. I’m not one of those people who gets easily bored. I have so many things to do, that I need to do. Like with video games, I have way to many in my back log.

      With all of that said, when the stars align and I get the chance. I get to sit down and really lose myself in a game, it still gives me a feeling like no other. 

      I remember when Tales of Vesperia released here in the US. I had the entire week off, and I ended up pretty much only playing Vesperia the entire week. It was all I could think about, it just dominated my thoughts, I went to bed at night wanting to get to sleep quickly, just so I could wake up and play more of the game. It took me back to my young teens and early childhood, and it made me realize that I could still have those feelings when playing video games these days. I just needed the time.

      2. I would be a lying if I ignored nostalgia. It can literally dominate memories you have from childhood. A terrible movie could be something you remember fondly, and even when you watch it today and realize how awful it is, you just can’t not like it. I think the same thing can apply to video games. It isn’t always that way though, I can still go play Chrono Trigger, Zelda : Link to the Past, Super Mario World, all games I loved from my early gaming years. Guess what? Those games are still amazing. My young self fell in love with those games for a damn good reason.

      I mentioned above, Tales of Vesperia. I could list some other games. Personally, I’ve always preferred Japanese games. One of the main reasons is simple, my favorite genre has always been JRPGs. I would place MMORPGs as a close second. I used to be someone that only played those type of games. I would very rarely branch off. I went through some tough times in life, and when I returned to gaming after a few years, I decided to start branching out. To give other games a shot.

      I found that I was missing out on some good games, some I just couldn’t get into, I guess you could say that ship had sorta already sailed. I started to try more games being developed in the west. I found that while they kinda had a different taste in comparison to Japanese games, they were often times quite good. I suppose I decided to branch out at the right time, this generation has seen great games from all over the globe.

      3. I think there has been a change. I think with each generation, gaming changes in one way or another. Sometimes the change is good, sometimes the change is bad. 

      If developers keep making single player focused games, I think I will keep buying them. I’m talking about games with a great story, character development, fun gameplay mechanics, and exploration. I like games that allow me to explore, and kinda get lost in the world of the game. I also like games that want to tell a story, and want the player to feel like part of the team, they want you to experience things like the characters in the game do. And I like games that are fun but challenging, I want them to make me think, and come up with strategies and plans in my head on the fly. I guess you could say those are sweet spots for my gaming taste.

      I used to be picky, if the game didn’t offer a few of those, I didn’t play it. Now days, I find myself willing to play a game that only offers one of those, we might call those flawed gems or something like that. That’s not to say flawed gems were not being made years ago either, believe me they were. I was just young and picky. I wasn’t quite sure what I really liked, or what I really wanted from games.

      And yet, games today can still meet all those requirements and blow me away. Persona 4 comes to mind, it did all of that and more for me. And then sometimes a game like Batman Arkham City comes along, and it kinda hits all of the sweet spots in a completely different way. I keep playing games for experiences like that.

      Bonus. I need more time to come up with my answer. I’ve already typed like a castle here. Sorry about that.

      • zakou

        Wow this is really nice put, i really think that most of us feel the same way as you, me and others we did the same thing, we stopped playing only JRPGs and tried many other genres.

        Also thanks everyone for replying, it feels like most of you had similar experience as Zero and I, meaning also that some of us may be in the same age-range.

        I used to never think of anything other than jrpg, now i play RTS’s, FPS’s, Music type games like DJ max or guitar hero, basicly i play every genre except like Hana Monthana xD i can’t probably even spell that name right and High school musicals i really hate that kind of music genre/ games.

        Back to the point, i loved how you mentioned “no internet and small tv and no smart phones” because that was exactly my situation, i remeber beating FFVII-IX on PS1 then i got a PS2 for my birthday and went out and randomly found FFX “i only saw a picture in a magazine of it before”  with 0 knowlage i bought that game and it felt like a dream i had it in my hand imagining what the PS2 can show me where the most recent FF’s i beat at that time FFVII-IX were just perfect.

        Playing FFX was like a dream come true to me, i didn’t even think of the Voice Actors or frame rates or AA or anything i thought and still think its a perfect game yes i call FFX perfect.

        And don’t worry about typing so much because im sure many enjoy reading it, also im still waiting for your answer to bonus question ^^

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          Thanks for the kind response. You kinda inspired me with some great questions. Thanks for asking them. =)

          I said I typed a castle in my post above. I typed all that up while trying to eat dinner. I think I was able to express my thoughts, but I kinda took my sweet time trying to get all of those random thoughts together. =P

          If I really felt like it, I would likely go back and edit it to flow better. Let’s just call that long comment a rough draft.

          The important part is, you were able to understand what I was saying. I hope everyone that takes the time to read it and this post, get a better insight into some of my childhood and gaming memories.

          Moving on… I’ll touch a bit on playing the FF games on PlayStation.

          I also share that experience. I have fond memories of all the FF games on the PS1 and PS2. I played so many great JRPGs on the PS1 though, oh man! I could start listing off a bunch of classics. I think the Final Fantasy games stick with me the most, I have always felt like they offer something special. Something about them brings a special feelings that no other series really does for me. Final Fantasy Tactics will always be a special game for me. It and Final Fantasy 7 were my first PlayStation 1 games. I got stuck on a boss in FF7, and then my disc one vanished. I never did find it. It forced me to give Tactics another try. Truth be told, my young self started it up once and pretty much dismissed it from the get go. I was looking for something like Chrono Trigger, or Link to the Past. At least, that is what I was telling myself back then.

          I gave it another try and found that I really liked Tactics. It was a new experience for me, but it made me think more than most games did. I had to plan my moves out and understand what every single target on the map was capable of doing. It was one of the first games that kinda made me study it. It made me a better gamer overall, I really think it did. It taught me to have patience with my games, and to be willing to tackle a challenge head on. In the past, I would simply quit hard games. I would say something like, this game is cheating! Funny enough, some of those old games were cheating! Those bastards! And yet, sometimes, I just was unwilling to keep trying. Final Fantasy Tactics kinda installed the never give up on video games into my play style. I was no longer going to let these video games win! They would not do that crap to me anymore! lol…

          That was how I felt about it at the time. I wouldn’t say Tactics is that challenging of a game. Like I said, it really taught me patience more than anything. It made me realize i enjoyed planning and executing a strategy. I still didn’t have a working FF7 Disc one…

          One of the next games I managed to get was Parasite Eve. Oh noes! Someone below the age of 18 playing an M rated game? I’m sure my mother was to busy not giving a shit to care. I started watching R movies when I was very young. My parents would not have been included in the good parents category back when I was young.

          Parasite Eve was probably my first Mature rated game. I’m pretty darn sure! I loved it just for the sole fact that I was playing an M rated game. It just felt I was giving the finger to the ESRB. 

          Kinda embarrassing, but my first gaming crush was Aya Brea. Most Squaresoft fans would likely name someone from Final Fantasy as the first gaming crush. Most often Tifa comes up as many peoples first gaming crush. Sure, I had played a decent chunk of FF7 disc one. I thought she was sexy, but I kinda liked Aerith a bit more to be honest. I suppose I could identify more with her as a simple flower girl. Kinda funny how later when I got to go back and complete FF7, I found out she was far more than the flower girl healer lady.

          Okay, I know I’m getting way off topic here. Sorry! Back to Parasite Eve. Why did I bring it up? Besides bringing up my love for Aya… oh sweet Aya. (I just might type something up about gaming crushes for Gematsu here in the future?)

          Anyways…. I wanted to make one simple point, that game was hard as hell! All my lessons of patience and planning I picked up from Tactics really came in handy with Parasite Eve. The first boss in that game was like a nightmare for me.

          I eventually did get a working Disc one for Final Fantasy 7. I spent an entire summer playing nothing but FF7. It was so good, when I learned about FF8, I was beyond excited. I was willing to try and steal the game and run if I had to. Of course, I would have never actually done that… okay, I don’t think I would have.

          I pretty much only played Squaresoft games when I was younger, and up into my late teens. All the way up until I was graduating from high school, I pretty much lived on those great classic Japanese RPGs. I did rent and try a few other games, most of them I just didn’t care for. I had to move on to the next Squaresoft game! I do remember loving Metal Gear Solid though, although… I’m not quite sure if I ever completed it until many years later.

          Kinda like you, my love for Square games, especially ones that had Final Fantasy in the title, continued with the PS2, hell, it still applies today even. I can’t help but play the new FF games when they come out. This is coming from someone that bought the Limited Edition for Final Fantasy XIV. I suppose I’m a fan for life.

          Well, would you look at that. I managed to type another castle again! We can stand the castles together and make a big fort or something. xD I like how I said I would touch a bit on Final Fantasy above, and then I typed all of this!!! (Insert proper emoticon here.)

          I suppose the questions you asked, the responses to the questions, all of that really got my memories going. Some of my fond gaming memories started coming out from the shadows of my mind.

          Okay! Bonus Question time. (Sorry it took me so damn long to get here!)

          What game/anime/movie has the best story in your opinion?  just pick one “the best of all time.”

          Does this mean to pick one of each? One game, one anime series, and one film? Or does this mean to pick one story from all of these? Whateversssss, I is gonna do each! =D

          If I had to go with an anime, it would be incredibly hard for me to not to pick Cowboy Bebop. That is my favorite anime series of all time, hands down. I have plenty of other shows that I love and adore, but I just can’t place them ahead of Bebop. On some days, other shows might temporarily tie with my love for Bebop. Then time passes and CB remains at the top of my list. Yes, I think it has the best story, but it does so much more than just tell an amazing story. I could probably type another castle here, moving on.

          Best story in a movie? Some have mentioned the fantastic film, Inception. That is one of my all time favorites as well. And it does tell a fantastic story, one of the best. Is it the best? I just can’t say… I can think of so many good films. I do love Nolan films, Memento is another great film. Some of them way different from Inception. Fight Club comes to mind, that is one of my favorites. I’m a huge fan of Tarantino’s films as well. I know I’m doing some disservice to some of the old classic films, I’m talking way older than 1970-1980. I’m going to stick with undecided for the time being. =P

          Last but not least, the best story in a video game? I save it for last because attaching that question to video games… it makes it a very difficult question for me.

          I really want to say Chrono Trigger. I love time travel stories, and I think it is the cream of the crop in that regard, I think CT is the cream of the crop in many regards to be honest. I also want to say Link to the Past… I think both of those are too biased for me though… And I’m talking about two games I would place in my top 5 games of all time list. I could also easily place a Final Fantasy game here, and I could place a Metal Gear Solid game here as well. I really like Kojima’s stories. It might surprise many of you that Chrono Cross is high on my best stories list. It has a damn good one, and it tells a different type of story than Trigger does. I also like the love story in Final Fantasy 8, and the amazing story in Xenogears. It would be crazy if I didn’t mention Suikoden, or give a nod to Kingdom Hearts 2. As you can see, I’m quite torn with my choice. I think I’ll go with Chrono Trigger after all. It has a great story, and its not just the main story, but all the side stories, the character stories, all of it.

          (Sorry for castle of text everyone.)

          • zakou

            Finally :P

            So Tactics strategy based gameplay made Parasite Eve easier for you in a way that it maybe took you longer “trying” and not just giving up because it’s hard?, this is very interesting as who knows what your reactions on PE would have been without the patience gained from Tactics.

            Sadly The third birthday is a different game i still enjoy it but it wasn’t as good as the originals ^^ but this is hardly the point.

            I finally got to know what your favourite story based game/anime/movies are and i must admit as a huge Square enix fan i still didn’t beat Chrono trigger or Cross, yes i did play them but i think i didn’t have the patience back then to beat games like that, i remeber playing Chrono Cross and getting to some Palace? if i remeber with guards, something about escaping? (so long i can’t tell) but thats as far as i got, really no idea why i didn’t continue.

            I hear about Chrono Trigger and Cross almost everyday on gaming forums :P I really must beat them someday soon.

            Tactics is one game that i missed on in my childhood, i haven’t seen it anywhere nor hear about it, yupp didn’t have any internet back then so i just bought everthing at random and i really do mean everything because i was 9 when i started PS1 gaming and my previous console was Nintendo so i had no idea about the PS1 games as most of them haven’t been on the NES.

            I did try War of the Lions on the PSP, i enjoy the tactic gameplay i played many NIS tactical games as well as “Legend of kartia” being my first Tactic game.

            I think i was overly picky back then regarding War of the lions, i didn’t continue playing the game simply because the monsters in previous maps leveled up automaticly as your main characters, this is/or was a big let down to me as i love dominating the weak level monsters and checking my damaged on them when im bored.

            However i should give them another try, a good example is ES: Oblivion, it really took me about three tries to get into it once i finally got into it, it became one of my favourite games…But the stupid game breaking bug “Vampirism” broke the game for me many times, i ended up replaying Obivion about 7-8 times but always ended up with this bug, also the NPC to cure this bug was bugged herself! lol!

            (See im also good at castle texting xD)

            Well im not really trying to be ^

            Lols anyways funny how you mentioned parents not caring about you playing 18-year-age-based games, because it was the same for me! hehe well…a bit differet, for my parents in their head (Video games) were something for kids either way, they thought most games you point and click or shoot other spaceships or they had games like Mario in mind as they saw me playing it when i was a kid. But yes i played RE, Dino Crisis, mortal kombat and few other M rated games but i mostly played jrpgs.

            I still have some really old games, not counting Square Soft games i have games like Alundra, Grandia, Shadow Madness (A game that actually used FFVII’s battle mechanics and even most of it’s gameplay, even the character design was “Lego like”)

            Well that was alot about me :P nobody asked but there you go hehe at least alot of us here share some common things and that’s what makes this site so awesome, it’s users :D

            I’ll just add that there will be no FFXIII-3, the game will be called something else and will be a Hack and Slash (similar to KH style of gameplay) Lightning being the main character, Nomura just called me and the last thing he said was “Don’t ever forget Lightning” also hinting of FFXIII movie xD so Versus XIII will be delayed…once the delayed annoucement is released. (a really bad joke i know xD)

            Edit: Inception huh :P a very good movie but i actually find Shutter Island better if we can even compare them with the only similarity being the main actor and both messing with our heads.

            • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

              The Third Birthday, I completely forgot about it! I haven’t played it… I probably will when I get the chance. I have watched a few videos that showcase the game, it definitely isn’t very much like the original.

              Despite all of that, I think my love for Aya will eventually result in me playing the game one of these days. xD

              I highly recommend both Chrono games. Cross requires more of a particular taste I’d say. It has a character recruit system that is similar to the system in the Suikoden series.

              Honestly, both games are quite different, the only real connection between them is a few very loose story segments in Cross, and, well, that is about it.

              Chrono Trigger stands on its own, and I’m pretty sure they never planned to make a true sequel to Trigger. I would recommend giving it a try first, its an all time classic. It set many standards, and not just for Japanese Role Playing games.

              From the fantastic battle system, to the awesome side quests, and the branching story. It’s simply a game that stands the test of time, bad pun intended. I replayed it when Square-Enix release it for the DS. I borrowed my sisters pink DS just to play Chrono Trigger, lol.

              I think the DS version might be the best version. Check it out if you get the chance. I think Trigger is the easier of the games to jump into.

              War of the Lions was a pretty darn good port. I only played it for a few hours, I don’t own a PSP in case you were curious. Tactics, is one of those games where you have to grind, a big part of the game is leveling up all the different jobs for each member of your army. 

              Back when I first played the game, I kept getting a game over screen because Ramza would die and turn into crystal before I could revive him. You see, I was trying to level him up early on as a mage, I’m pretty sure it was Black Mage. In a few of the battles, enemies specifically target him and try to kill him first. Mages, can’t take many hits, and the best strategy is to keep them at a distance, so you can have them move in and finish off foes with a nicely timed aoe magic attack. Early on, you need to level up a Black Mage before they get some of the better spells. The traditional Fire and such requires you to be closer distance wise, which can create dangerous scenarios.

              Gosh, I make it sound incredibly complicated. The easy solution is to just wait and level mage on Ramza later in the game. Even waiting until chapter 2 is easier. You can also grind more in the first chapter, and try to pimp out Ramza with gear and such. Even if you do that, you need to understand how best to utilize him as a mage in the early battles.

              I find getting used to grinding for levels earlier in the game is a good thing to do. Later on, you will really need to do so.

              There is no doubt in my mind, I would have given up on Parasite Eve right away if it wasn’t for FF Tactics. It just happened to be the game that taught me some valuable gaming lessons, and helped mold my inner gamer into what it would eventually become today.

              I very much remember Alundra and Grandia. I played both of those games, and I’m pretty sure I finished both of them. I think Alundra was the first non Zelda game that made me feel like I was playing Zelda. It really felt like it could have been a spin off Zelda title, at least it did to me back then. I haven’t played it in years.

              I enjoyed Grandia, I would like to see Square-Enix revive that franchise! I thought Grandia 2 was actually the best game in the series. Grandia 3, it really has some flaws, and to call it the weakest game of the trio would not be unfair. Despite the flaws, I found myself enjoying it. I even gave Grandia Xtreme a try, it was mostly about the battles. It kinda felt like an incomplete game overall, it didn’t have much to offer besides the battles.

              Now that you mentioned it, I really do think it deserves another shot. They should make a new Grandia game. I would also welcome a new Legend of Legaia game.

              What will the next Lightning game be called then? Final Hearts 3 – Lightning Versus 15? They can release that, and the fans will get Versus, KH3, and FF 15 all in one stupid title! lols

              (Okay, I go do real life stuff, be back laters.)

              • zakou

                Sal will kill us for using up all his internet website space! lol

                Yes i will try out the games you mentioned but would you say that Tactics original or the war of the lions is better?

                Sadly I don’t have a DS so i will play chrono trigger on anything else ^^

                Legend of Legaia xD i guess we can call it LOL huh? ha seems like there was a game with “LOL” for short other than this new Dota like game where i keep hearing about it everyday..

                The new game about Lightning will be called “Dissidiaga: Etro’s last wish”  xD and will be the first Dissidia game thats not “fighting genre” lol,

                And yes Alundra was soo good :D both 1 and 2, sadly no more Alundra games =/

                Im also getting ready for Tales of Graces F :D caaaan’t wait!

                • Kobracon

                  GAH my eyes won’t stop moving from left to right again and again XP

                  Its amazing how similar our lists of JRPGs sound. I played almost everything you guys mentioned except Tactics. For the life of me I just cannot click with tactic games. They feel too slow and the battles just don’t excite me like a normal FF game.

                  FF8 was an awesome experience for me. Love that love story. I sadly never finished 9 because, infuriatingly, my disc 4 had a problem. It would hang at a specific spot at the very last dungeon….I should really finish it one of these days…

                  Ah FFX. First FF on the next gen console and the pure fact that I started hearing voices from the characters was enough to blow my young mind back then XD

                  I wholeheartedly agree about Grandia. LOVE Grandia 2. That was an excellent RPG that I fondly remember. 3 was alright. Combat was miles better than 2.

                  One series no one seems to mention is the Shadow Hearts series. Did you guys play that? They’re amazing. A fun battle system, VERY colorful characters and one of the few RPGs I see thats based in modern times (or somewhat old but still realistic times) with some magic. No magic powered buildings or cars, just everyday places like New york and London when suddenly magic and demons happen. I have such fond memories of Shadow Hearts 2.

                  Lets keep this going XD Make it as long as we can!

                  • zakou

                    I knew it :P users here are similar in games they like/grew up with and even anime.

                    Yes i actually loved the voices in FFX (haters just point out the laughing scene) any laugh can sound awkward lol but the voices like Tidus voice in the beginning of the game “Out of the frying pan and into the freezer”

                    It felt like he is telling a nice story from the future/ or it just felt that you are not playing alone, it was like he was reliving everything again with you by his side, with calm voice with nice bgm playing, loved the part where we had to make fire because it was cold, it really is just one epic game for me, and GOD square huuuuury up with the FFX HD, or just take your time actually xD don’t want any mess ups no rushing :P.

                    You mentioned Shadow Hearts…this is sort of a taboo subject for me…i used to be very stupid and trade in games when i was young xD traded in few games and one of the was Shadow Hearts 2 i regret this so much, tried buying it in Sweden but the cost…omg xD new is like 140 dollars and i dont want any used lol, i also traded in Dragon quest 8 and few others that i regret so much, i have been rebuying some of them :D but about 6 more left to rebuy. ( never trading in games again )

                    Yes i loved every bit of Shadow Hearts 2, why did i trade it in? i was stupid xD it happens, moving on lol even the OST was epic! and tell you the truth…i even had Koudelka on the PS1 and traded that too T_T but missed on SH1.

                    Ughhh xD i’ll never forgive myself lol, but yes let’s keep this going! lool!

                    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                      Hate to admit it, I never got the chance to play the Shadow Hearts series. I’ve only heard good things about it.

                      I used to be a big trade in person. I worked at gamestop for a year or so, that didn’t help me not trade in my games much. I actually sold all my gaming stuff back when I was 18 or 19, it was a stupid decision that I regret, I was going through some very rough times in my life.

                      I probably won’t ever be able to get many of those games back. Not in the condition that I kept my games in. I’ve always been a collector, I like to keep my things in a specific order, and I like to keep them in like new condition. The same thing applies to my gaming collection, no doubt about that.

                      I used to have a huge closet full of games. Most of them for the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2. I don’t have much of that anymore, I’m trying to rebuild my collection with current generation games. One of these days, I might find the cash to put into re buying some of the old classics.

                      A year or so ago, I went down and emptied out an old storage. I had actually forgot about it, and the entire place was getting shut down, they tore down the entire place to build something else. It really is amazing my stuff was still in it.

                      I remembered that I put a bunch of stuff in there before I went through rough times in my late teens and early 20s. I suppose I just gathered everything up in my closet and dumped it in this thing. I found my old comic book collection, which was awesome. All of them in protective slips, and the boxes they were in had basically no damage. These boxes, amazingly enough, had not been damaged or really even toched. Considering they sat in this storage unit for like 5 or more years, I’d say I got pretty lucky.

                      I found some of my old gaming stuff. I was like a little kid again, I got excited with each thing I managed to find. I knew I wouldn’t find many things, I do remember most of what I sold back when I was being a stupid teenage idiot. (More complicated than that, but you get the point.)

                      What I found at the bottom of the box was just amazing to me. I found some of my old gaming consoles. I suppose I put them in this box, and placed the box in this storage unit on accident. I know that I tried to sell everything back then. I was so happy to find them! My Original Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and my PlayStation! All of them actually still worked! I have them all currently in my closet I believe. I even found my PS1 memory cards! All of my save files!!!

                      I decided to take out my PlayStation for some quick pictures. The only games I had for it were oddly enough inside the console. Both Legend of Mana and Brave Fencer Musashi were sitting in the disc tray area. No cases or anything, but I was not going to complain. I had found something I thought was lost forever.

                      (Warning – These are some large file sizes for the pictures.)

                      http://i.picpar.com/3ebac152f7e5f072764fe879267d85b10724ca84.jpg
                      http://i.picpar.com/59395411f8a56c6b564650ed719f861e43745b10.jpg

                      So, do these consoles I found still work today? I haven’t turned on any of them recently. The last one I plugged up and turned on was the PlayStation and it worked like new. I was able to load up my save files and play games. =)

                      It was really cool to find some of my old gaming stuff. I never imagined it would mean so much to me back then, but now they are kinda like treasured items from my youth.

                    • Kobracon

                      Aw Brave Fencer Musashi! God that takes me back! That was one of those games that tried to be different and fun and by GOD was it. 

                      Embarrassingly though, as a kid I used to play the game only up till a very early specific spot. Coz after that I was utterly stuck. I didn’t know WHAT to do AT ALL. But I still replayed the game up to that section over and over. I loved it that much XD. Till this day I cannot forget the entire first part as well as that Steam four legged boss and how you had to kill it XD

                      I went back one day with Gamefaqs loaded up and decided once and for all to finish this shit and it was glorious to finally get past that point and see the awesomeness that I missed. The sequel on the PS2 wasn’t the same but it was still fun and finished it. I don’t remember much about except for the cutting system where you can literally chop up your enemies in various ways.

    • Kobracon

      Question 1: 
      Its hard to just come out and ask someone to answer with 0 bias. There will always be a hint of bias but I shall try my best to answer with as little as possible. 

      *Ahem* Been playing games as a young as 5 and having watched my dad play Doom and Duke Nukem even before that age, I can safely say that I do not find games less appealing as I grow older. Like alot of people have already mentioned, the older I get, the more I notice things my youngself didn’t and end up appreciating games more. 

      Things like design, pacing, plot, gameplay choices. I have grown from the days of playing for pure fun to playing for pure fun while also looking for unique experiences not offered in other games. And also considering the profession I am aspiring to be (Game Designer), it would be quite troubling indeed if I started finding games less appealing….

      Question 2:
      One word. Nostalgia. Everything always seemed better as a kid and sometimes we can’t help that. I’ll stand up and say I love FF8 and think its miles better than FF7 (yeah u heard me CloudxSephiroth fans). I also love FFX. Even after watching the reviews by Spoony (in thespoonyexperiment website) where he basically rips FF8 and 10 a new arsehole and more, I still love them. 

      I have so many fond memories with them I dare say they are responsible for some parts of my personality today. FF8 was the first love story I probably ever played and its responsible for the hopeless romantic that I am today. FFX’s story only helps to enforce that. 

      I sincerely believe creativity is not running dry with the new games. We’re not even close to state Hollywood seems to be in. Games like Malicious, Orgarhythm, that new game by the Rez creator, and how can anyone forget Journey. 

      Look away from the positive as well as negative praise that games like CoD get and look around, games are indeed getting better and would blow our youngselves minds clean if they ever saw it.

      Final Question:
      There is of course change. With new technology comes new ideas and with new ideas comes innovation. Not all necessarily good ideas but they’re definitely getting better.

      Bonues:
      God I hate ‘pick one’ questions. Its so haaaaaard to choose……As mentioned above: Me = hopeless romantic. But I am also a massive mech fan so I would say the Xenosaga trilogy has the best story I’ve ever encountered. 

      A space opera of unparalleled proportions (especially when you delve deeper into the lore) with a love story conclusion that just gripped my soul in the third game. It is a tragedy that the full story was never released. The plans the director had for this game, could’ve been the best series of games ever. 

      The so called ‘trilogy’ is a mere 2 parts out of 6 that the director planned for Xenosaga (Xenosaga 2 and 3 is actually part 2 split into 2 games) Just 2 parts were already amazing, one can only imagine what the world woulda been if all 6 parts were released.

      p.s. Darn, couldn’t beat Zero’s post in length….

    • Haruya

       Very interesting set of questions, I must admit.

      1) There is a certain significance that the games from our old days hold. They’re the ones that got us where we are now, after all. And, although I might regard some games as timeless jewels, I always find a reason to get excited over new games. Take Call of Duty, for instance. I know it’s a “love them or hate them” situation with those games, but I get excited just by knowing that the developers are trying to improve with every next title, even if they do achieve this “improvement” or not. There are just so many games out there that at least one of them must be appealing to someone. Some people love the FF games, and I fail to see why; then again, I find games like “Alan Wake”, “Catherine” and “Tales of Vesperia” to be appealing, and they’re not even in the same genre. If anything, as someone stated before me, I think getting old just broadens your gaming horizon.

      2) That’s a tricky question. Like I said, we all have high regards towards the good ol’ games we used to play. They were new, unlike anything we had ever experienced before. However, I don’t think creativity is running low. What I think is happening is that so many games are getting on the spotlight, and these are the games that run with the “fail-proof” methods, gameplay, etc. which doesn’t make them bad, I mean, it’s the formula that works for them. Still, look at ATLUS’s games: they’re fun, innovative and creative, and yet it is usually more common for a person to know about other, more famous franchises (FF or Sonic the Hedgehog, for example) than something like “Knights in the Nightmare”, “Yggdra Union” or the “Shin Megami Tensei” series. Also, you have got to admit that games are not just about the gameplay anymore, but about the general feel of the game: the story, the characters, the music… everything.

      F) I wouldn’t know how to answer this question. I would probably say “no” because obviously, there are better games than others. However, this also depends on who you’re asking to, since every gamer, guy or girl, has his/her own perspective of the gaming world.

      B) Ah, such a tough question! I LOVED the story in Tales of Symphonia, however I did also like what Alan Wake had to offer, as well as the psychological glory of every Silent Hill game I’ve played so far, and of course, the twisted take on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” that American McGee’s Alice and Alice: Madness Returns brought us. If I HAD to choose one, I would say Tales of Symphonia takes the No. 1 spot.

      In Anime, I’d go for “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”. It hurts me to choose that one over “Code Geass”, “Steins;Gate” or any of the KEY/Visual Arts animes, but it’s just THAT good.

      Movies? “Inception”, period.

      • Kobracon

        I suppose for many, FF was the starting point in their RPG gaming adventure. If it weren’t for FF I probably would never have found Dragon Quest or even the Persona games. And I agree about Atlus, I have played all the games you mentioned and loved every one.

        Its funny, only now do I notice the similarities between what ppl say about CoD and FF. Both long running series but each trying to improve the game in some form or other. And both have a hit and miss in the ‘improvement’ part.

      • zakou

        You are telling me that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is better than Code geass or even Clannad/Kanon/Air?Is this true?

        The anime looks very kiddy compared to the others you/I mentioned, im not being closed minded but a little magical girl?

        There is going to be a collection release on bluray, im not sure if i should buy it but someone who watched Key’s anime and code geass that says Puella Magi Madoka Magica is better? maybe it will be the same for me as i have also love the same anime but i just can’t grasp it from looking att google pictures of Puella…

        …not judging the book by it’s cover just xD it doesn’t look any different “visual wise” than the super kiddy anime.So whats so speial about it without any spoilers?

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          I’m told that Madoka Magica is actually a horror series. A good one at that. I haven’t watched it yet, but all of this reminds me that I need to.

        • Kobracon

          OHO you will be surprised. This is one anime you just CAN’T judge by the cover. Coz if u do, you will be horribly shocked when you go in. How shocked? School Days ending level shocked. If you can’t stomach little girls DYING painfully and horribly I say stay clear.

          Also I’ve seen clips of some action scenes. They’re awesome.

          • zakou

             I’ll just take your advice and will watch it, people that love Code Geass, Death Note and All Key’s work they usually have good taste xD

          • Haruya

            Hahahaha!! Oh god, I loved that School Days reference right there. I mean, “nice boat!”.

            @zerorpg:disqus it’s not actually a “horror” series per se. It’s a thriller, yes, but it doesn’t really have anything “scary”. I don’t wanna give anything away, so I’ll just tell you that you definitely need to watch it (you too @gematsu-82aa4b0af34c2313a562076992e50aa3:disqus). It’s just one of those anime shows that you can’t miss. :D

            • Kobracon

              “See? You’re not pregnant!” *shiver* uuuugh! God that ending was messed up.

              • Haruya

                I did just get a cold feeling running down my spine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      1. No, in fact I play more nowadays because I don’t have to school now and my work is very easy.

      2. This is somehow 50:50 to me, I think there are a lot of great JRPGs before but now we do have great JRPG but it was far between, I mean in last decade we have 3-4 quality JRPGs per year but now we only have 1-2. Of course that’s my opinion. But in different genre, I think it became greater than before. The action feels more great and when you attack enemy, it didn’t feels clunky anymore and shooting game became more precise.

      Yeah I think games are even better, only JRPGs are still same but with lesser quality output.

      Of course, Genso Suikoden 2, the best game ever.

    • ruslik

       1. I think as I got older I’ve become a lot pickier with what I enjoy (well maybe not a lot), but that doesn’t mean that the games have become less appealing. In fact I believe the gaming industry has come a long way and matured along with us. I’m trying to remember games that were unique and creative back in the day and I’m having a hard time, but now we have games that are just awesome like Heavy Rain, Cathrine, Flower, Journey, Shadow of the Colossus, so on and I’m gonna say Dark Souls even if it doesn’t exactly fit in this category but I liked how it broke away from the current standards (I kinda answered a little bit of the second question…sorry).

      2. In the next couple of months there are a bout 20 stellar games that are coming out and I’m considering committing crimes to be able to pay for them, so games now are better.

      Yet, with that said, I just miss the JRPGs of the early years. The magical worlds, the great characters, the STORIES!!!… even reading the dialog. I miss how big every Final Fantasy release was, or your friend telling you that Chrono Cross is the best game ever and you must play it or finding a gem like Valkyrie Profile in the back of a store. It’s just sad that the last proper JRPG that I played is probably Xenosaga III (I know there are a lot of JRPGs for PS3, yet somehow they rarely if ever make it to Jordan, which pisses me off, so when the Tales come out I’ll just ship them here).

      3. Yeah…I think I definitely covered this question in 1 and 2. I need to work on being a bit more structured. Sorry.

      Bonus Question.

      I’m not gonna choose one game as the best, that’s just torture really.

      Best anime ever for me is CLAYMORE, Beautiful girls, big swords, awesome monsters and powers that would make the X-Men jealous, plus a story with twists and desperate situations of EPIC proportions. I’ve never read manga or comics before, but the anime had an open ending and after years of waiting for the second season that never came I just had to know what’s going to happen next, and boy did the manga deliver…WOW.

      Best movie ever is Never Been Kissed… joking I loved the Fountain, but a lot of people will probably think it not much better than the first option, also I have a weird thing for the Underworld series, but that’s probably cause I have a weird thing for Kate Beckinsale!!!

  • chinglee

    Sal, that picture makes me sad since my controller broke today and I can’t play Dust and Sleeping Dogs ;_;

    • zakou

      Only had one controller? :P i always buy at least 2 controllers with a system or if i cant afford it at launch i shortly after buy one more because there is nothing more frustrating in this world to us gamers than controllers dying out exactly when we are in the middle of our games.

      • chinglee

        I’ve had 3….
        xD

        I’ve had bad luck with controllers lately. My PS2 controllers that have lasted me for years just stated messing up for no apparent reason :|

        Ah well, a quick stop down the local game store is due tomorrow then.

        • zakou

           I see lol, yes good luck in the future xD dont go throwing your controllers at your tv next time :P

  • Kobracon

    Can anyone here recommend me a good mech show that ISN’T gundam, macross or TTGL. Heres what I have watched so far:

    Aquarion
    Aquarion EVOL
    Eureka Seven
    King of Braves GaoGaiGar
    Grand Glorious Gathering GaoGaiGar
    TTGL
    G Gundam
    Gravion
    Gravion Zwei
    Brave Express Might Gaine
    Brave Police J-Deckar
    Firebird
    SRW Original Generation
    SRW OG Inspector
    Shin Mazinger Z
    Shin Getter Robo
    Mazinkaizer SKL
    Gaiking
    Code Geass R1 and R2
    Vandread 1 and 2
    Gunbuster 1 and 2
    Big O 1 and 2

    ….Why yes I AM a Mecha-Maniac, thanks for asking :P

    It doesn’t have to be pure mech. It can be anything mech-like like Tiger and Bunny or Blassreiter.

    P.S. What is that picture up there? What game is that?

    • Haruya

      The pic is from the recently released game “Dust: An Elysian Tail”.

      And, have you tried watching “Code Geass” or “Full Metal Panic”? They’re not that much about mechas, but there are some, regardless. They’re pretty good as well, at least by my standards. :D

      Oh, there’s “Neon Genesis Evangelion” as well, but that’s… like the twisted version of a mecha anime. Very psychological, so if you’re not into that, then I’d advise to refrain from watching it.

      • Kobracon

        I keep forgetting about Full Metal Panic….I really need to get to watching that. 

        I forgot to mention Code Geass (love it). 

        Oh good giddy god NO to Eva. AAAUUUGH! I am not touching that with a 12 inch POLE. I like my anime nice and happy. OK Code Geass is a slight exception coz dammit i love those mech designs. 

        I tend to lean towards Super Robots. Y’know the mechs powered by pure will and whatnot (hence why i love GaoGaiGar and TTGL and I say don’t recommend any Gundam or Macross)
        Mech shows like that are just rare in this day and age, sadly.

    • ruslik

       Innocent Venus maybe???

      • Kobracon

        Hmm….google image doesn’t give me a mech. I suppose its one of those anime where the mechs are secondary?

    • PrinceHeir

      Code Geass, Linebarrels, Divergence Eve/Misaki Chronicles(well for fanservice :D), Vandread, Full Metal Panic :D

      • Kobracon

        OMG how stupid of me. I left out Code Geass and Vandread. Will check out the rest thanks. Let me edit that list

    • Skelter

       TENGEN TOPPA GURREN LAGANN, TOWARD THE TERRA (JAP W/ ENG SUBS), STAR DRIVER!!, IGPX (All though it’s racing it’s insanely good and has alot of “rewatchability”), The Big O!,

      • Kobracon

        Well TTGL is already on that list. As a GGG fan as well as a Gunbuster fan how could I have missed it? Will look at Toward the Terra. 

        I’ve heard of Star Driver but a friend showed me an eps, I was a little wary of teh pilots gayness and the way he transforms…is it worth watching?

        IGXP, hmm…racing…I’ll have to look at it first.AH yet another one I forgot to put on the Watched list. BIG O! SHOWTIME!

  • PrinceHeir

    it’s guess the anime time again :D

    who is she?? ^^

    http://i45.tinypic.com/2hd42kp.jpg

    • Kobracon

      At first I though that was Medaka from Medaka Box…but then noticed the robot ears….not sure. Looks interesting though. Would like to know as well.

    • whiteferrero

      From Symphogear right? This is Tsubasa after she sang the Swan Song. XD Hope I’m right. Anyway, this is a creepy pic, didn’t realize it was this bad when I first watched it.

      • PrinceHeir

        thanks :D

  • Kobracon

    What was your sleeper hit game? A game that flew COMPLETELY under your radar, picked up one day outta pure impulse, and was absolutely blown away by it? For me it would be the RAD Robot Alchemic Drive game I mentioned in OF5 (Open Forum 5). Never heard of it, just picked it coz of mechs. Was blown away.

    • Haruya

      Tales of Symphonia.

      I read about the game in a magazine, just a few days after it was released. I was just like “meh, doesn’t sound like my type of game”. Then, a few years after that, a friend of mine told me he had a NGC just like me and wanted to trade games. I let him borrow my Super Smash Bros. Melee and he gave me his Tales of Symphonia in return… I was never the same after that.

      • Kobracon

        HAH! Nice.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Hey guys. Do me a biggie. If you’re on Facebook and have yet to like us, please do so here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gematsu/112250142147853

    ;D

    I finally got our page name changed from Scrawl to Gematsu, so I’m trying to promote it a bit.

    • zakou

       I just did so today ^^

    • PrinceHeir

      will look into it :D

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      done and dusted =)

  • PrinceHeir

    can anyone confirm to me if the gamestop pre order bonus will include the “Big Bikini” bundle???

    i saw it it on the trailers, but i don’t see it being mentioned in the official site??

    http://www.gamestop.com/ps3/games/tekken-tag-tournament-2/98618 

    please answer as soon as possible, since im on fence of either ordering this on amazon or there(as much as i freaking hate gamestop, they have all 4 DLC characters on the go, while amazon only has 2 but with “Big Bikini” bunlde. don’t care about Snoop Doggs stage; im willing to give it to someone.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I believe the Bikini outfits, if that’s what you’re referring to, are included only in the special edition.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      I can’t really tell when looking at that either.

      Honestly, Amazon has never failed me. I have a hard time not recommending them. I do buy some games from Gamestop, but I tend to actually go to the store.

      You could call your local store and ask someone, I can’t say if they will actually have an acceptable answer for you though. =/

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah i always go to amazon!!!

        i already know the characters will be released free later on.

        i guess the deciding factor is the “Big Bikini” Bundle.

        amazon will surely email me the DLC as stated in their page, while gamestop can be bastard sometimes(i remember them showing the DLC costume of Juliet Goth Black Hair from Lollipop Chainsaw as pre order bonus, instead i got a different one which looks good, but i was looking forward to the black got costume, heck it could be the only sole reason i pre order it at their place in the first place)

        well how do i ask the cashier in front(which most of the time have no clue on what their doing; at leas in my area) about the Big “Bikini” Bundle XD

  • PrinceHeir

    btw with the recently re-released Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure game, i was wondering if any other anime’s that is similar to this franchise??

    the ones i think are Hokuto no Ken(even read there were some references???), Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball and maybe Bleach???

    Over the top characters, with multiple personalities, crazy badass as well as awesome villains.

    any other more??

    plus which is better(or preferred) from all of this??

    mine is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, with Yu-Yu-Hakusho coming in second.

    love the design and craziness of the series.

    plus ZA WARUUUDOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    • z_merquise

      I read Hokuto no Ken and not only it’s bad-ass, the story is actually good. Well the first half that is (the one that had Raoh as the main antagonist). 2nd part took place years after Raoh’s defeat. 2nd part for me started good but the story seem to went downhill after the Gento Koken story arc.

      Have you already started reading JoJo? I only read the first 3 stories so far. 2nd one (Battle Tendency) is the story I like most and Joseph Joestar is my favorite JoJo protagonist.

      I haven’t read much manga lately so I can’t recommend much. But if you’re looking for an action manga with good artwork, you may try Berserk or Blade of the Immortal. Also Hellsing.

      EDIT:
      I can also suggest Trigun and Trigun Maximum too if you like steam-punk/futuristic wild west with over-the-top weapons and characters.

      • PrinceHeir

        Hokuto no Ken seems sooo long O_____O

        well i already plan on starting on it, but that’s mainly because i saw the fighting game years ago, and now they just recently re-release now i need to read this expand the lore on it :)

        plus the character designs are “FABULOUS” ^^

        Dio is badass as well as Jotaro.

        and yeah the game is based on the 3rd arc, with some characters from the 1st arc.

        yeah Berserk along with Claymore for sword fighting action. Trigun, i would probably mix it with Cowboy Bepop since both have futuristic steam punk.

        well the other anime that’s similar to JoJo are the ones that has alot of “fighting” on it, punch kick, guns, sword, knives etc.

        but JoJo’ is probably one of the most unique franchise ever made.

        ZAAAA WARUUDOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Finally Sleeping Dogs has arrived!!!
    And I got the Special Edition too!!!

    Sleeping Dogs The Awakening of Dog One and Only Edition

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Oh man, if your dog was asleep this picture would have been so much better.

  • FaithlessMr

    Isn’t this the most amazing battle theme you’ve heard in a while? Oh, you don’t even need to answer, I know it is.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grZA2ZrAdTU

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Oh, wow. That is really good!

  • Anime10121

    Hey all! Just got into the Ratchet and Clank Full Frontal Assault Beta and here’s how you can too! Just go to Insomniacs site here http://www.insomniacgames.com/invite/ffa/ and fill out the info.  From what I hear though its on a first come first serve basis so good luck peeps :)