Open Forum #045
posted on 05.24.13 at 05:45 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Open, off-topic discussion.

Our forty-fifth Open Forum is ready for discussion.

The Open Forum is your domain for anything and everything. Whatever you feel is inappropriate to discuss in other threads, you can discuss here. Want to talk about sports? You’re in the right place. Have a random question? Ask it here. Want to poll the community? Do it here. The Open Forum is what you make it.

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  • disqus_QhGnfyb0Sv

    For anyone who hasn’t seen this yet.

  • zerolegacy0

    So who’s excited for next gen gaming? I know these guys are.

    • $733987

      Sorry for my ignorance, but who’s the third guy in green from the left?

      • zerolegacy0

        Pretty sure that’s Gabe Newell from Valve.

  • Azuardo

    See you all on PS4 next gen, people!

  • zangetsukakashi

    the new Toriko Gourmet ga Battle trailer is out:

    even though it’s a really simple game, i really want it :(

    damn u 3DS for being region-locked. don’t wanna get another japanese 3DS for that… isn’t there any chance they’d unlock this? should we try a petition? nah… i’m dreaming i know. but really, many 3DS jap games can be played fine with limited or even no jap knowledge at all. :((((

  • Tac-Mex

    Absolutely disgusted by Xbox Juan and MS.

    I don’t want to watch NFL, i don’t care about Kinect, i don’t want to pay a fee for used games, i don’t want to require an internet connection if i want to play.

    PS4 Here i come!

  • rockman29

    Leave the Xbone for the dogs.

    Let’s get to PS4 already.

    • Tac-Mex


  • $733987

    If I buy two Xbox One, will they start talking to each other when I leave the room and start plotting on how to take over my life, starting with my death?

    • Zackasaur

      You only need one Xbox One to get that result.

      The Kinect and the console talk to each other already.

  • Zackasaur

    Who else will have a PS4 by the end of the year? I want plenty of PS4 goodness on my friends list.

    Dat networking.

    • $733987

      You mean buy it at launch? I think I might wait a bit, or at least wait till E3 before deciding. I’m having problem with the controller’s design. Do we really want a multi-purpose controller complete with a trackpad, as compared to a traditional and simple dualshock that we have not had a problem with since the late 1990s?

      • Sevyne

        Well the new controller isn’t all that much of a deviation from the previous models so it isn’t all bad. It does keep the same button layout and form for the most part while also improving the analog sticks (the only thing I ever had a problem with on those controllers). The rest of the additions are just kind of there and probably weren’t needed, but I don’t think it’ll be at the cost of comfort. We’ll soon see I guess!

      • Elvick

        Yeah! Why’d they remove buttons, analog sticks and all standards we expect from a controller for a lame track pad… oh wait…

        They put it on a controller that does literally every single thing that a controller should do.

        Complaining for the sake of complaining.

        • $733987

          That’s all fine and dandy when you put it that way, but hey, let’s hear what the head honcho of Sony’s Worldwide Studios had to say.

          “Having a touchpad or touch input (is something) we really wanted to do because, these days, all these devices have touch control.”

          “(On) some applications, you might want to put the controller down and use the touchpad like… the touchpad on the PC. We are thinking about other
          ways to use it.”

          Let’s face it. Nobody asked for it and even Sony has no real desire to incorporate it in games. With their lack of motivation, people are going to either hate it or love it for its potential. Just like the Kinect. So, if you can accept that you feel one way or the other for Kinect during its initial reveal, then you should have no problem understanding my complaining, especially seeing as how nobody outside of Sony has even touched the controller yet.

          Besides, look at how much potential the Sisaxis supposedly had, and then look at the percentage of games that actually utilize the function. And the price that you had to pay for that “next-generation feature” was just the loss of your vibration capabilities, which was thought of as a “last generation feature”. But hey, you’re probably thinking if I wanted rumble features, I should get an Xbox One, eh?

          • Zero

            I think you make some good points. I also think we should wait and give it a chance.

            I’m not so sure that no one asked for it. I think it’s up to the developers to find creative ways to use it.

            I agree that Sixaxis had potential, but I don’t think it had the same potential as the touchpad. I can really see indie games finding fun ways to use it, but I won’t rule out big studios also finding ways to use it.

            How do you know that no one outside of Sony has touched the controller? They have been releasing videos where developers have been talking about using the controller.

            I don’t like Kinect, but I won’t say Kinect 2.0 is crap until I get a chance to use it. I think that’s only fair. I’m just trying to apply the same thing to the new Dualshock.

            • $733987

              Well, that’s what I said in the first place; I’m gonna wait till after E3 before deciding whether I was gonna buy the console at launch. I mentioned the controller as one of my concerns, because if I wanted an all-in-one controller, then why not get a wii-u gamepad?

              See, what offends me is the reason that made Sony decide to include a touchpad. They said, “We really focused on making (buttons and analog sticks) better… We worked on that first and then looked at what space we had left to incorporate (the touchpad).” This made me think that they had no real desire to utilize the feature, and just filled up what ever space is left with the touchpad. Even if I wanted to like it, how do you like something when it’s being described like that?

              Now, the recent video that I saw about the Xbox One controller is a good comparison. They mentioned that they came up with a few re-designs at first, but scrapped then all and decided to just improve on the Xbox 360 design. They did add new rumble features, and then promptly gave demonstrations on the enhanced vibration by using 3 different test demos. Have we seen how the touchpad work yet?

              If you don’t mind, can you link me to some of these videos you’re talking about? ‘Cause the only video I’ve seen was one from Sony’s own developers hyping up the controller, not people from outside Sony. Do excuse my ignorance if I’m mistaken.

              • Zero

                You might be right about the controller video. I thought I remembered developers talking about the controller from the other videos. I think one of them was from the talking with developers series.

                I will try to search the videos a bit later.

                I meant to say above that I was agreeing with you about waiting it out, sorry about that.

                I imagine the touchpad will work very similar to the one on the back of the Vita. I think this one is supposed to “click” though. The vita one doesn’t, but it’s still not a problem for me. I guess that might be part of the reason I’m not overly concerned about the touchpad itself.

                I do share similar concerns with you in regards to how developers go about utilizing it.

          • Elvick

            We don’t know if, or how, any games will use it. Odds are, it’ll be used as select was at the very least. And, since the touchpad takes up far more room and is closer to either side of the controller, it’ll be far better at that purpose than select ever was. Which in itself is better than before.

            A bit premature to say that Sony has no real desire to incorporate it in games. Ignorant as well.

            Flower alone makes sixaxis’ existence worth it. So I don’t see your point. Shoo.

            You’re complaining for the sake of complaining. The touchpad didn’t remove anything. Kinect literally removed controller input from Kinect-only games. Nice comparison. $50 says there won’t be any touchpad only games. “Uncharted 4, touch-pad only! We thought buttons and analog sticks were too complex, so now just touch the touch-pad and the game plays itself!”

            • $733987

              You know what, there really is no end to this if all you’re gonna do is insult me and my opinions. And I don’t see how I can have a serious conversation with someone who has already classified me as a troll and refuses to compromise even when I have explained myself. Hence, I’m not even going to acknowledge whatever points you’ve brought up in your latest post, for fear of engaging in a never-ending debate. I’m leaving this conversation like this, and I hope you won’t bother me again about this topic.

              Complaining for the sake of complaining? I’ll come out and say it right now, you’re wrong about me. So next time, if you have a problem with someone’s statement, let them know with a friendlier tone so that you can go forth into a more thought-worthy discussion. Don’t go insulting and offending them at the same time. That one line of yours offended me, but I’m letting it go this time. There’s no reason that doesn’t make us cool now, so good talk. See ya.

              • Elvick

                Funny. Since the word troll was in neither of my posts.

                We’re done.

                • LordKaiser

                  “You’re complaining for the sake of complaining” Why and how?

    • LordKaiser

      Not me. I will w8 a few years depending on the price and games I want to play. I think in 3 or 4 years I may buy one.

    • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

      The new Infamous game can already take my money.

    • xMCXx

      I would never buy a console at launch. ^^
      I’ll wait a few months, maybe a year.

  • almostautumn

    Finally got the platinum in Senran Kagura: fun game, but at the same time I didn’t really like it so much as I’d thought I would. Really is just mashing square; probably the most fun I’ve ever had with a masher, but still— just a masher.

    Also, I just finished building my sacrificial shrine that will hopefully speed up the release date of Freedom Wars. Any volunteers?

  • RSene

    Impossible not to talk about the ugly Ogre, eh.. I mean, One. Seriously, the console looks like an old VHS player, and it contrast so much with that beautiful looking new controller.

    Funny, Major Nelson joked when Sony showed only the controller during PS4 reveal, but if Microsoft had done the same, it would have been less painful.

    Only one caution here: I have no doubt Microsoft will come strong, very strong during E3. I believe they’re aware of the damage the presentation caused, and I have no doubt they will come to hit hard.

    Too bad I’ll be sooooo far away of the next generation… Oh my Lord…

    • Spicy Chicken

      Heh, I don’t mind the way it looks as such (WAY more problems with what it represents to be honest), certainly not the ugliest console ever made, but I agree it looks painfully obsolete when compared to other consoles of the current (or even former) generation. I’m looking at my PS2 slim right now and it’s hilarious that a console which is no longer manufactured (shame) looks WAY more modern and sleek than a next generation console that hasn’t even been released yet. >_<

      Imagine a console the size of a PS2 slim, but with a bright blue LED fascia and slot load drive!!! O_O
      Okay, maybe I'm talking only to myself with that, but I'd definitely prefer that to the XB1!

      Ah who am I kidding, the PS2 slim makes EVERY CONSOLE look retro. Seriously, that tiny little thing is an awesome piece of console design. ^_^

  • bloodiOS

    Just watched Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, and Epic straight in a row. I thought they were all okay, but wasn’t anything particularly special, and I especially didn’t enjoy Epic as much as I could, since there were these teenage girls who kept giggling in the back row (thank God they left haft way through.) Well, overall, I had a good time (but it was rather exhausting though…)

    • Zero

      I personally enjoyed Iron Man 3 and loved Into Darkness. That’s just me I suppose. I thought Benedict Cumberbatch was especially awesome. I greatly enjoy him in Sherlock as well.

      • Sevyne

        Iron Man 3 wasn’t bad. It was certainly better than 2, but I really didn’t think it was as good as 1. Into Darkness was excellent though.

        • Zero

          I think I agree. It’s sorta tough to top the first Iron Man movie.

          • bloodiOS

            It definitely doesn’t feel as gripping as the first one.

            • Spicy Chicken

              Yup, that’s at the root of my ‘slightly iffy’ feeling after watching it I think. It was fun, but the balance wasn’t there. The first film was awesome simply because the story telling had a sincerity to it that didn’t grate. It was fun as hell, but was also serious in a way that didn’t contradict the humour, everything made sense.

              In Iron Man 3 though… well, I don’t want to spoil it for those that haven’t watched it, but yeah, the ‘reveal’ towards the end was a bit much for me. It made me laugh, but they could have done so much more with that. Still a good film, but the first had a sincerity to it, even in it’s humour, that was sorely lacking in 3. Some nice touches though, but mostly it all felt a bit inconsistent, nothing really ‘fit’.

              Really stoked to see Into Darkness though, Cumberbatch gives off a Fasbender vibe in his acting, and that’s no bad thing!

  • SystemLimbic

    I’ll probably buy one of them next gen after the guinea pig version

  • Chestnut Bowl

    Both the X1 and the Wii U are equally unappealing, but for different reasons. The PS4 seems like it could be great, but I’m concerned they’ll add restrictions similar to the X1 and region-locking.

    I have a feeling the PC + Vita will be my main gaming consoles going into the eighth generation.

    • Locksus

      I’ll most likely go with a PC, 3DS and a Wii U. 3DS and PC have a great library of games and Wii U is starting to get some really, really great games after a few months.

  • DesmaX


    • fyi1191

      Watch TV! TV! TV!? Watch TV!

    • Sae-Won Yoon


  • Tac-Mex


    • Sae-Won Yoon

      That slogan alone makes it worth it.

    • shogunknight

      Hahaha, trolling at its best

  • Raiyu

    I’m not sure if this is the best place to put this. But I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway, if you don’t like it Sal I’ll edit my post accordingly.

    I got an unused Bioshock Infinite steam key, it came with the Never Settle Reloaded bundle. I’m not a fan of Bioshock,so I’m trying to sell it. I’m asking $40 for it. If interested, just send me an email at


  • tubers

    Plenty of Americans like Dude-bro games like HALO and COD.. mostly that.

    Plenty of Americans already got lubed up and ready for more online fees or at least maintain online XBOX fees..

    X1 likely cheaper (weak hardware, meh controller)

    = MS wins US

    • xMCXx

      Probably but I’m not going to hold my breath on that since the outrage after MS conference was way too big.
      People are up in arms about it. xD

  • sherimae1324

    guys some freedom wars details ^_^

  • sherimae1324

    and here’s more

  • sherimae1324

    and another one!
    what a gorgeous vita exclusive is this ^_^

    • Elvick

      This game is sexy.

      By the time Gravity Daze 2 rolls around, Japan Studio is going to know plenty of tricks.

      • sherimae1324

        do you think gravity rush 2 will have graphics like this
        i sure hope so
        i also want a much larger world with more cities!
        i mean the 1st game is only 1.5gb
        what more if its about 3.5gb!

    • shogunknight

      Wow, seriously wow. It may be a clone but that looks awesome, i wanna see it in motion

  • bloodiOS

    Anyone here excited that the anime adaptation of Silver Spoon is coming out soon?

    • Spicy Chicken

      To my shame I had NO IDEA what this was until I saw your post, but it looks funny and interesting. Reminds me a little bit of Cromartie High (in that I sense a great deal of irreverent humour), which bodes very well indeed! Thanks for the heads up, I’ll keep a look out for this.

      Great thumbnail by the way, but that poor chicken!! O_O

  • Zero

    I got a new theme for my PS3. I really like it.

    Thoughts? I love the petals. =)

    • Sevyne

      Pretty nice theme, but I think a nice sky blue background or a sunset with those petals would have been wonderful.

      • Zero

        That would be pretty cool. They just went red for the blood theme and stuffz.

    • bloodiOS

      It would have been nice if the background was something like this (without the logo and other stuffs of course):

      • Zero

        That’s pretty cool. I kinda like the darker blood red because it’s not super bright. I don’t like to use bright stuff because I game in the dark quite often.

        It’s the same with my Desktop wallpaper and stuff.

        I do like brighter stuff, but I usually go for something darker.

        That’s a really nice background, if it was a choice I might go with it, bright background be damned. I also really like the anime series, which is a plus. xD

    • Spicy Chicken

      That’s nice, though it makes me wish there was something almost identical but featuring Hibiki (from Capcom Vs. SNK 2/Last Blade 2) instead, albeit in the same pose and everything. I find myself always defaulting to the standard theme after a while though, so I stopped looking for new custom themes a very long time ago.

      Still you chose a good one there, interesting but easy on the eyes and not too distracting.

      Hmm, I wonder if it would be possible to reverse engineer that theme and place the petal effect on top of Hibiki!?!?

      Pfffft, who am I kidding, way too lazy for that! :P

  • Elvick

    Platinum’d Ratchet Deadlocked. Didn’t remember much about the first time I played, except a few key planets later on in the game and of course my robot pals. But, it was awesome to play again. Remaster isn’t perfect though, in-engine/game (?) cutscenes jerk around randomly.

    And when things get hectic the frame rate drops.

    Otherwise fine though. I’m probably going to go back and try and platinum R&C and Going Commando now. They’re the only two left in the series I don’t have a platinum for.

  • LordKaiser

    The Xbox One needs to fail hard for the good of the industry and their consumers.

    These companies instead of doing what we ask, they do what they want and dictate how we use their product.. they’re full of hubris and very delusional like these companies are ran by sociopath morons.

    I don’t trust Sony either as it’s possible that they’re hiding something.

    • adhesive

      I agree, but you chose the wrong site to talk badly about Sony. The Sony bias in the community is very strong.

      • Elvick

        3/1 votes

        ‘Strong’ Sony bias.

        Seems legit.

        • adhesive

          Wow, votes on an individual comment. It has to be representative of the community as a whole.

          • Zero

            I’ve already had this discussion this week…

            I don’t think It’s fair to define an entire community like that. Each individual is unique and has specific taste.

            Sure, people are upset with Microsoft right now. That isn’t just on Gematsu though.

            You can find positive or critical comments about most everything here.

            The folks who post here love games, not just games on PlayStation platforms. They own games and play games on multiple platforms.

            If someone had to define the Gematsu community, I think Japanese games would be at the core. Either way, I would want everyone to get a chance to speak for themselves.

            • Rezar

              Which is why I rarely comment here. I see so many people praise Sony. I’m honestly not looking forward to the Xbox One or Playstation 4.

              Plus I would like to mention neither console is out yet and they could have problems like the Xbox 360 did and still does to this day with the RRoD.

              • Zero

                I appreciate the feedback. I hope my comment above goes into a bit more detail. Thanks.

            • adhesive

              I don’t think it’s fair to make sweeping generalizations either, but my intent was to point out a pattern. It’s clear that there’s a general love for SCE, and it’s not just a knee-jerk reaction to Microsoft’s failures because I’ve noticed it long before the Xbox One got announced.

              There definitely is a reason for the love for Sony, but there is a point where it just becomes too much.

              • Zero

                I wasn’t trying to claim it was a knee-jerk reaction to what Microsoft announced this week. I apologize if it seemed that way.

                I’m not trying to say people don’t like Sony here. I just don’t agree that it’s over the top.

                Gematsu started as a PlayStation news blog onaxis, it then switched to Scrawl, not to long after that Sal started to cover Microsoft and Nintendo too. Finally, Scrawl transformed into Gematsu. Do we have a lots of users that own PS3’s? I think so, but that isn’t really a big surprise.

                I’m sorta tired of discussing this. I made a few replies about it in another article earlier this week. I feel like I’m repeating myself.

                If you want to believe people idolize or gush over Sony or whatever here, that’s fine. I don’t agree with that statement. (And if it means anything — I read all of the comments.)

                It’s not my place to try and force people to think something, it’s not my call to tell people what they should or should not be excited about, criticize, etc.

                My goal is to keep our community here overall happy. It’s impossible for me alone to make everyone happy all the time.

                If you feel this (Sony belief thing) makes the experience of visiting and posting comments here less enjoyable for you. I’m sorry about that. I’m working to try and improve our community here all the time. I hope that as we slowly improve, things will also improve for you.

                I appreciate the feedback either way.

          • Elvick

            Wow, comments at individual instances. It has to be representative of the community as a whole.

            Never mind any factors that could be involved in making Nintendo and MS not be ideal topics for positivity. MS especially.

            Nope. No valid possible reason at all for people to not mindlessly praise all three.

            • adhesive

              It’s not an individual instance though. It’s a recurring event, and while not all of the praise is undeserved, there’s just a tad too much gushing over Sony.

              • Elvick

                What positive things about MS have been happening recently?

                Nintendo has had more going for it, but they’ve still got some problems.

                Sony at present has the least problems. And the only problems they have are related to Vita.

                I don’t see people trashing PC. I guess we’re all PC fanboys too. Or, there’s not much bad going on with the PC to talk badly about it.

      • AdamBoy64

        I think it’s a reflection of the industry and general opinion at the moment.

    • Spicy Chicken

      Indeed, but I’m pretty confident Sony won’t be ‘hiding’ anything as bad as what Microsoft have proposed by this point, as they’re not that arrogant as to ignore both lessons learned with PS3 and the very harsh lessons Microsoft are learning with XB1 (even before it’s released, which is kind of hysterical when you think about it).

      Also, I’m surprised at just how tragic/arrogant MS’s public policy has been with what can only be called their DRM fiasco. Phil Harrison is no saint, to be sure, but he’s very smart and experienced all the same, and if he says something in a public, official context only to be contradicted by his superiors, that screams of a serious deficiency of clarity WITHIN MS, which is ludicrous at such a crucial stage, even for a self-interested corporation.

      One thing is certain though, if even half the ‘rumours’ are true, (which clearly they are, or at least were before the backlash) the XB1 will be a very interesting not to mention massively impacting experiment. If it fails miserably (and like you I hope it does simply for the good of the industry overall), it will be a positive and valuable lesson for the future. If it succeeds though, even partially, it could have horrific consequences for gaming.

      Make no mistake, people on the outside (especially ‘fans’ of certain companies/corporations) often seriously underestimate the amount of cut-throat politics that goes on inside of a multinational corporation. They generally (though there are exceptions) only care about you, the consumer, as much as they need to, believe that. I myself always thought I knew how corrupt, corrupting and short sighted they could be until I started working for one, and it’s far, FAR worse than anything I could have anticipated. The stereotypical evil corporation depicted in many Hollywood films is simply a slight pastiche of the real thing.

      So yeah, there’s literally NO REASON to think that MS aren’t delusional enough to think they could get away with some of the DRM policies being touted for the XB1, it’s what corporations do on a daily basis, make calculated decisions about what they can get away with, ‘cost benefit analysis’ being more of a template for general train of thought than a specific process.

      But I digress, I’m comfortable Sony will do the right thing, or at least, nothing as bad as what MS are (or were) planning. Tying the game to the console physically is bad (or at least limiting) enough, but the idea that the game THEN CHECKS IT’S OKAY ONLINE is frankly a slap in the face to the consumer. There ARE people who choose not to see it that way, it’s true, but not everyone is that short sighted, not everyone waits until all their rights and freedoms have been taken away completely before making a complaint. I love gaming, but no-one should have to give up fundamental rights/values as a consumer for the sake of it.

      If you paid for the game and the console, you should be able to play it and/or sell it any damn time you like, internet connection be damned (unless it’s a strictly online game obviously, in which case you literally can’t login unless you’re online anyway so it’s a moot point).

      But I’m waffling again, I just hope the majority of consumers vote intelligently with their wallets this time around. MS did a really good job of making the Xbox 360 seem good value by using a great example of ‘upselling’, and were justifiably (in pure marketing terms) successful for it. But this goes way beyond any dishonest sales tactic.

      Who knows, this next generation of consoles really could define the future of gaming for a very long time going forward. Let’s hope it does so in a good way.

  • Elvick

    Oh and has anyone had a ton of OLD replies show up as ‘new’ on Disqus? It’s really annoying.

    • Zero

      Yes, I’ve had it happen to me a few times. I have no clue why Disqus does that.

    • Sevyne

      Yes and it’s getting super annoying. Some replies are popping up from over a year ago. Just today I had like 10 of them. It’s happened on occasion before, but it’s getting ridiculous now.

    • PrinceHeir


      i even got 29 notifications and some are from 2-3 years ago O___O

  • bloodiOS

    Currently reading Aku no Hana… man, it’s so tripping…

    • Locksus

      I watched a few episodes of the anime. Man, the art style is really different, but for some reason, it’s also refreshing.

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      Yeah, that particular series had 4ch frothing at the mouth. (specifically /a/)

      That said, I enjoy it a lot. The whole Rotoscoping thing grows on you eventually.

  • PrinceHeir

    woo Finals just ended today!!

    what a intense week!!!!

    haven’t been commenting a lot these past few weeks due to exams.

    still im going 24/7 since it’s SUMMER time!!!!!

    btw what are you guys planning on summer time?

    for me im hitting in the gym and lose some pounds and exercise the hell out of it.

    watch tons of animes and play some more video games :)

    • Locksus

      I have a summer job, so I’ll be working in June, but that after that I have a month and a half long holiday :p
      Planning on buying a Wii U and a 3DS with the money I get from the job :D

      • PrinceHeir

        awesome stuff!!

        • Locksus

          Still have some exams to take next week :( I’ve got French on Monday, Finnish on Tuesday, English and Wednesday and history on Thursday.
          After I’ve taken those exams, I’ll be free!

          • PrinceHeir

            good luck :)

            • Locksus

              Thanks :) I’ll try to do my best :p

  • bloodiOS

    Apparently, according to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, ALL HD-remastered versions of Resident Evil: Revelations only have STEREO for audio support (with no LPCM support for PS3 either, Dolby Digital only.) There also isn’t any 3D-support. And they expect us to pay $50 for this? Just what is wrong with Capcom?

    • Elvick

      I knew about the 3D support ages ago. They had some bullshit reason for not having it. Just like they had a bullshit reason to not put it on PS Vita.

      Capcom should just stop. Sell off your IPs to better companies and go away.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Like Elvick said, while some good work was put in it, it wasn’t work that I feel is $50 worth, nor was it work that I feel precludes PS Vita. For now, I’m just going to wait for a lower price and hop in on PS3. Controls felt…worse than RE6 but better than RE5 and the atmosphere was really good.

    • xMCXx

      It’s a 3DS port and they’re seriously selling it for 50 bucks?!
      20-30 ist the most I would shell out for it.

  • Haruya

    Curiosity question time.

    …Seriously, I’m curious so I’ll ask:

    Who in here actually plays (and understands) japanese games?

    I’ve tried my luck at a few, but they are indeed quite hard to understand, especially if every bit of japanese you know came from watching Anime. :p

    • $733987

      I do. I’ve just finished Root Double, a VN on the Xbox 360. It’s the first VN I’ve completed that’s completely in Japanese. All of my knowledge of the language comes from just watching anime too, and fortunately, most of the game are voiced, even the protagonists dialogues. And since I watch all kinds of anime, I’m exposed to different kinds of phrases and words. I mean, you won’t find the words nuclear meltdown and particles in a slice of life show, would you?

      For the narrative parts that are not voiced, I’ve managed to read smoothly with the help of the online Katakana and Hiragana lessons I’ve been taking at Since I understand Kanji characters already (because I’m Chinese), I didn’t have much problem understanding the story as I played along.

      The problem I encountered when trying to learn Japanese while watching anime is that if your anime is English-subbed, chances are the sentences are paraphrased so that they flow more naturally. This means you won’t get a word for word/literal translation, and so you’re screwed if you’re trying to identify the definition for certain Japanese words and find that they are not in the subtitle. Fortunately for me, sentences in Japanese translates very well into Chinese without having to rearrange the sentence structure too much, so my chinese-subbed anime helps me a lot.

      If you really want to learn without the use of lessons, I would suggest that you listen to more Japanese songs while reading the lyrics. Gendou has lyrics with Romaji and Kanji that can help you to pronounce the Japanese words correctly. And then you can check the English translated lyrics to know what they mean. This is how I used to learn 10 years ago. It works for normal day conversations, but you probably won’t be able to play an RPG and differentiate Attack command from Defense command.

  • bloodiOS

    I must’ve turned into a theater junkie or somthing, because I just went and watched Fast & Furious 6. Apparently, three movies straight in a row weren’t enough to satisfy me yesterday…

    Anyway, I found the plot to be pretty… meh, but since I only watched it for the action anyway, it doesn’t really matter. So yeah, I had a good time watching those cars dancing all over the street.

    Interesting enough, judging by the ending anyway, Jason Statham will be the villain of the next installment of the series.

    • Zero

      I also went to see Fast 6 this weekend. I enjoyed it for what it was, and what the series has always been. It’s just mindless fun.

      I enjoyed the multiple fight scenes in this one. Way more than previous entries. The subway fight was pretty awesome.

  • Willgaea

    So I still can’t figure out how to change my avatar on this site :[

    • bloodiOS

      If you have a DISQUS account, then login first and use this link to edit your account:

    • Zero

      Did you ever figure out how to change your avatar? If you still need more details, I can link to one of my old comments with more details.

      • Willgaea

        Yeah, Its done But I had to make a account so now I got two accounts.

        • Zero

          Did you use the same email address for both accounts? If you did, you should be able to fuse it all together.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

    I know this a little late but whatever. I’m new here and, don’t mind the name, but I’m DanijoEX. I also go by MrOnxyWolf on Youtube.

    I’m from Siliconera and hoping to make my acquaintance here on Gematsu. So yeah… There ya go.

    • sherimae1324

      welcome to gematsu ^_^
      dont worry, ishaan wont scold you here :p lol

    • Zero

      Welcome to Gematsu. =)

    • PrinceHeir

      hey welcome to the team :D

      and yes here is much more relax compared to the dictator site ^^

    • Kurisu Makise

      Welcome to Gematsu, looking forward to whatever insight you bring to discussions.

    • bloodiOS

      *rub hands*

  • Saudaranya Gamergila

    i just want xbox 360 slim edition for replace my old fat 360…..

  • new_tradition

    I have a question for MMORPG players.

    Do you find yourself devoting your gaming time only to the MMORPG you play, or can you manage to juggle a couple of other games?

    • Zero

      Tough question. It really depends on the game, and how you play it. If you get really absorbed into a clan or whatever the game calls it, I think it becomes very difficult to juggle multiple games.

      I played Final Fantasy 11 off and on for five or so years. It was pretty hardcore back then, this might be an extreme example.

      It was tough for me to juggle real life with FF11. Playing other games was basically out of the question. I had to be heavily involved every day because of my clan.

      This was one of the few reasons I decided to call it quits on FF11. It wasn’t the main reason, but I missed playing other games.

      I think subscription fee games versus free to play also plays a part here. There wasn’t many F2P MMORPGs back in my FF11 days. Of course, it’s very different these days.

      This is one of the benefits of F2P MMORPGs. You can play them whenever and however you want.

      Sure, if you get involved with a clan or something — that changes everything. It doesn’t matter if you are in a leadership position or not. If you get into a good clan, you start to feel at home playing the game with them. They start to feel like an online family of sorts, you don’t want to let that family down. You can even start to feel like if you don’t check in as much as possible, you might be missing something. In my experiences, you get close to this second family.

      Another thing –

      You typically get a feeling when paying to play an MMORPG. You feel like you need to put so many hours in or that money is getting wasted. That doesn’t bother some people, others it really bothers.

      It does sound complicated but I managed to play Final Fantasy XIV while balancing some other games on the side. It wasn’t easy to do, but I would basically log into XIV every day. I would often times just sit in town and load up another game on console or whatever.

      Every once in a while, I would take breaks to check what was going on with my XIV group. I’m one of those players that likes to help everyone. This means I would find myself playing XIV more often than whatever other game I was trying to play.

      I realize none of this is really a definitive answer. I suppose the answer differs. Some people will easily be able to manage it, others will rush to try and finish all the current content in the game. Some like to play in groups and take things slow, others like to play MMORPGs solo. It’s starting to become easier to play solo, with most games giving you exp for everything you do.

      Personally, I think one of the keys to MMORPGs is playing with others. You won’t always find nice people, or get into a great clan. When you do though, it’s magical stuff. Some of my fondest gaming memories come from being in a clan, just playing and having fun with them.

      (I hope this helps. Sorry the comment got longish. Feel free to ask anything else if you like. I’ll do my best to answer it.)

      • new_tradition

        No, thank you! And no worries about long comments. I can be guilty of that myself ;D

        You mentioned several points that honestly hit home with me.

        I don’t want to use the word obligation, but there is a sense of duty sometimes when it comes to online communities. I don’t think I could play other games without sacrificing some important time I would spend in a MMORPG.

        Plus I have a major backlog, and around the time FFXIV ARR comes out (I guess it’s obvious, but that was the MMORPG I was planning to get into, lol), several other games will be out within 1-2 months of it’s release, so I would hate dropping the MMORPG game to spend playing the other games.

        Also, yeah, money is a big issue for me. I definitely would want to squeeze as much as I can out of subscription.

        I wanna get FFXIV, but I was thinking I would decide the right time to make the best use of that first 30 day trial. Like, I would buy the game, and then simply not touch it for a while. At least until I’m ready to spend time on it. I’m thinking maybe solo about, and level up while getting a feel of the game. It would be my first MMORPG, so I don’t want to approach future parties being a total n00b >.<

        • Zero

          Everyone is a n00b at some point. =)

          You can always play solo until you get familiar with how things work. Or you can just play and learn from mistakes.

          I think giving the free trial a spin would be wise. Did you sign up for the PS3 beta? I hope you might get selected for it.

          Sometimes, you have so much fun with one game, it doesn’t bother you to play only it. I;m not saying that will happen here, but it does happen. =P

          The best advice is to not put yourself in a position where you feel you have to log in. You could even set out a few select days for it, then use other days to play other games.

          Just some food for thought. It’s something I’m thinking about too. I also have a huge backlog, I don’t want to stop playing my other games, but I want to invest more time into FFXIV ARR. Especially after I spent so much time in the broken version 1.0. lol

          • new_tradition

            Yeah, I signed up, but the testing dates are so vague, I have to keep reminding myself to check my spam box in case I miss the proverbial “golden ticket” :P

            I can admit some of the games coming out I’m getting more so to ensure I get the special edition or pre-order bonuses. If nothing like that is actually applicable to the games I want, I might just wait to buy them, lol.

            Awww, then I guess you would truly appreciate the overhaul efforts in 2.0. I hope it’s something you can enjoy ^^

            • Zero

              I expect them to announce when phase 3 will begin this week. I believe another live developer letter takes place this week, maybe it will be announced then? I wouldn’t be surprised if phase 3 stars the week of e3 or around that time.

              I buy lots of games just for special edition / pre-order goodies. xD You are not alone!

              I hope you get a chance to try out the beta. It sounds like phase 3 is going to open up a lot more, allow players to experience more of the new content.

              I’m not sure if they will select me for the PS3 beta, but I also signed up for it long ago. I was selected for the PC beta automatically because I’m a legacy member. It might be the same for PS3 for me, I’m not sure.

              I’ve been supporting FFXIV since the launch of the original version. Once Yoshi P jumped on board, I was very confident that he was the missing piece they needed. I consider him one of the best developers currently working at Square-Enix.

              What kept me playing the original version of XIV was the community. I made some friends, I enjoyed playing the game and trying to help new players. It was the type of game you needed friends to enjoy. I also enjoyed what story it had, and the combat was pretty cool. I suppose I’m more invested in it than most, I really want to see the game succeed.

              I might even get my name in the games credits. I have a chance. =)

    • Willgaea

      I find it impossible to multitask if you join a guild. If you become a Jr. it makes it even worse. I had a guild die cause I ended up not playing because I got Rune Factory TOD. When I returned to the game I just found notes stating “they are sorry they left.” I felt really bad after. I should Have stayed in touch.

      • Willgaea

        Now that I think about… It was a massacre. there was blood everywhere. Not a single human was left.

      • new_tradition

        Whoa, that would be pretty upsetting, but I’ve seen forums dry up from lacking activity, so I can imagine D:

        This is giving me a lot to think about. Perhaps I’ll wait until I know I can dedicate time regularly to a MMORPG…

        Or hurry up and speed through my games, lol

  • DrForbidden

    Why Bioshock Infinite’s Ending Definitely Doesn’t Work

    First of all, yes, the title of this piece is my take on and expansion of the N4G article. As such it contains mostly my own opinions on the game proper as well as the ideas floated by various commenters and reviewers. Second, there will obviously be a large number of spoilers for the game, so unless you’ve already completed the game, you should read no further. Third, it should not be misconstrued that I disliked or hated B:I. On the contrary, I can’t wait to jump into a second playthrough even though I know that the ending will be the same regardless of any false choices offered in-game. I’m also waiting for the DLC. It’s a great game experience, with excellent gameplay and a brilliant plot and story up until the ending, which really, definitely does not work.

    Dualism Vs Infinitism

    First, I’ll start off by defining two hypotheses: The Hypothesis of Dualism and the Hypothesis of Infinitism. This is in regard to the parallel universes created by the branching points of choices. The title of the game and Elizabeth’s in-game explanations clearly mark Infinitism as being the operative law in the game reality. That is, there are an infinite number of parallel universes created through choice, free or otherwise. In Dualism, there would be, by contrast, only two viable paths. This hypothesis doesn’t work because there are obviously many choices which offer more than two options, but for argument’s sake let’s assume it works. Throughout the narrative, Levine and the writers reinforced the Hypothesis of Infinitism,
    but they pull a fast one and switch to the Hypothesis of Dualism when Booker drowns at the end. Levine obviously valued an emotional ‘shock’ ending more than a narratively consistently one.

    So why was the ending a Dualist one? Because it assumes that there are only two outcomes. Basically, multiple Elizabeths fold the universes where Booker accepted Baptism into one spot and drown him (I take it that he is himself willing, thereby making it assisted suicide more than patricide), thus destroying the possibility of Comstock ever existing, and by extension, his atrocities and Elizabeth’s suffering, in all universes. Now, I understand that Booker would be willing as he feels that is the only way he can prevent the suffering of his daughter and ‘fix’ things, and the post-credits scene implies that the infinite number of Bookers who rejected baptism continue unmolested in their own parallel universes, but drowning Booker there and then doesn’t solve jack squat if you truly think about it.

    Regardless of how many options a choice has, even when half the options are prematurely wiped out at a particular branching point, the parallel universes NOT wiped out will still continue on towards infinity with future branching points. In the infinite number of timelines where Booker rejected baptism, there will be a fraction of them where he changes his mind a week later and accepts baptism, another fraction where he changes his mind a month later and accepts baptism, and so on. Therefore, drowning Booker at that particular branching point achieves nothing. To ensure that Comstock will never exist, Booker needs to be smothered in the crib. I guess Levine draws the line at baby murder, though. The only way drowning Booker could possibly prevent Comstock from existing is if the Hypothesis of Dualism bears out, but Dualism and Infinitism are mutually

    Let’s look at Dualism in detail. Like a paired case-control study, the Dualism Hypothesis implies that, at the baptism branching point, two parallel universes are created, one resulting in Comstock being created. I’ve read arguments that imply Comstock is the antimatter to Booker’s matter, and the pair are intertwined throughout existence, and that Comstock will always steal Booker’s child, no matter how many universes there are. I find this to be nonsense. Time flows in both parallel universes, and the number of branch points increase exponentially with time. In essence, the Dualist approach quickly hits a brick-wall because unless time is stagnant immediately after the baptism branching point, it creates a paradox. It is simply impossible that there will be only 2 outcomes, 2 universes resulting from a choice made 22 years ago. Even if multiple Bookers create a Comstock each in multiple timelines, the various Comstocks will be significantly different based on their unique experiences and unique future branch points. The Dualism Hypothesis is thus a
    self-contradicting argument.

    Let’s take a step back here. When Booker firs meet the Luteces, there is a comical scene in which they reveal that their coin tosses are not random. This is important, as it sets up the realisation that Booker coming for Comstock has occurred multiple times before. That means that prior to the baptism branch point, there were already infinite Bookers in infinite universes, that a fraction of these Bookers encountered the baptism branch points, and each time this occurred, a Comstock was created (this would include all the good Comstocks as well). I have covered the reasons why it is illogical that an evil Comstock will always exist, so I will just say that even if he did, Booker and Elizabeth could only stop his existence at an earlier branch point, not the baptism one. If the atrocities of Wounded Knee are the impetus for Booker to seek forgiveness, then it would make more sense to prevent him from joining the military in the first place. Of course, this does nothing to prevent any alternate pacifist Bookers from finding religion in another way or another time, which brings me back to my point that only smothering baby Booker has any chance of success.

    • DrForbidden

      Base Personalities and the Anti-Religion Stance

      The problem of the baptism branch point runs a lot deeper. The narrative is written so that that point is the only defining moment that transforms Booker into Comstock. We are forced to accept that: there is no in-between. There is no universe where Christian Comstock turns out to be a good and kind man. There is no universe where he never meets Rosalind Lutece and never creates Columbia. There is no universe where unbaptised Booker turns out to be a rapist who molests his own daughter. The ultimatum is simply that, if Booker finds religion, the end result is a dangerous flying rogue state ruled by a tyrant. The writers therefore equate finding religion with becoming an evil despot, no exceptions. It is a huge pill to swallow. Levine says the story was not intended to be anti-religion, but the fact that he used the baptism as the be-all, end-all branch point seriously hampers any other interpretation of his intent.

      Be that as it may, let’s accept that at face value and assume that, for whatever reason, the baptism branch point truly IS definitive. The problem now is that Booker and Comstock are virtual opposites in character and personality. Psychological sciences and research have proven quite conclusively that humans have base personality types that almost never change throughout their lives once it is set in stone in our late teens, and even when changes do occur, they are relatively minor and never result in polar opposites. Why would a man tortured by the atrocities he committed in a battle against another race while serving as a soldier to his country, literally transform into a racist, xenophobic ultra-nationalist by virtue of a single event in his life (the baptism)? This requires a leap of logic so enormous the Hulk would have difficulty making it. Remember, the one and only definitive choice here is the baptism – not years of joblessness caused by foreigners taking his job, not being brainwashed by the Ku Klux Klan over decades, not falling in with the wrong right-wing crowd – a single baptism.

      One might argue that living by the good book invariably opened Booker up to these influences that changed him irrevocably, but that is a time- and dose-dependent change, and the infinite number of branch points from the time of his baptism till he becomes the completely unrecognisable asshole that we meet in the game literally guarantees that there will be some universes where Comstock is less of an asshole than others. In short, there will an infinite number of Comstocks, with very different strength of beliefs and temperaments. Certainly not the fatalistic dualism the game attempts to portray.

      Plot-holes and Logical Fallacies

      While not directly compromising the ending, there are also several major plot-holes and logical fallacies scattered throughout the game:

      1). Booker served with Cornelius Slate during the Wounded Knee Massacre. Slate and Comstock look to be about the same age (55-60 or so). Therefore, they must have been roughly the same age when in the military, before Booker quit after the massacre, 22 years before the events in B:I. The Booker we play as looks to be in his 40s. Why would the two Bookers differ so much in age and appearance if player Booker was only brought into another universe laterally (ie., no time-travel was involved)? This implies player Booker was actually brought forward in time when crossing universes. Yet, Slate never comments on nor acknowledges player Booker’s youth. If we assume that Booker was younger than Slate in the unit instead of being around the same age, why would Comstock be so old now when he should look roughly like player Booker? Even more damning; why would Slate, an obviously skilled and knowledgeable soldier, fail to recognise the man who served together with him in the 7th Cavalry, a man whom he knew relatively well, as Comstock? The entire segment with Slate doesn’t make a lick of sense unless either the Comstock or Slate we met was not native to the universe(s) the game is set in, but we have absolutely no indication of that.

      2). Another thing that bothered me was the logical fallacies employed by repeatedly crossing tears when attempting to get the guns for Daisy Fitzroy. Does anyone remember Sliders, the TV series that premiered in 1995, starring Jerry O’Connell? It was about a group of adventurers lost in the multiple universes, desperately trying to get home by what is essentially random dialling. Because there are an infinite number of universes, there were no guarantees they could ever get home. This is why what Booker and Elizabeth did was unbelievably stupid. They crossed through several tears, so by the end, they were both no longer where they started. They were now in the world where Booker was a martyr. Why would they assume that the guns not being present in another universe means that they were back at Lin’s shop, instead of, say, Lin dying from diphtheria when he was 10 and thus never having made the guns in the first place? Isn’t that a gigantic assumption to make? As a gameplay element, this dimension- hopping was interesting enough, but as a narrative element, it fails, not least because they left the world where the rules mattered and entered one where they didn’t, with no way of going back. If the rules no longer mattered, why did they continue playing? Also, what happened to that universe’s Elizabeth in the first place?


      Any way you look at it, drowning Booker at that branch point makes no sense and the ending does not hold water under scrutiny. Worst thing is, in an Infinitism model, Elizabeth and Booker basically made the choice to straight up murder every single Comstock, including the good, innocent ones, as well as any and all offspring he may have in future. With an infinite number of universes, that would be much, MUCH worse than his actions during the Wounded Knee Massacre. While an enjoyable game, I think that the ending to Bioshock: Infinite is a deus ex machina heralding a narrative disjunction. It is a narrative failure when compared to the previous 2 Bioshock games, suffering from a case of ‘twist for the sake of twist’, or as I term it, ‘Shyamalan’s Disease’, rather than a sound and well-reasoned ending. It doesn’t matter what medium the story is told in. When the ending cannot even stay consistent with the narration that came before, it simply isn’t a good ending.

  • DarthBrian

    Disneyland was open for 24 hours straight on May 24th, which just so happens to be my birthday. So I spent 24 hours straight in Disneyland.

    It was torture on my physical and mental states.

    Totally fun. I loved every second.

    I never want to do that ever again. :|

    • Kurisu Makise

      I totally understand your sentiment. I didn’t do a full 24hr but the long days I did when I was there was enough. Hope you enjoyed it and happy belated birthday.

      • DarthBrian

        Thanks! ^_^

    • Locksus

      I had fun once. It was awful.

      • DarthBrian

        Thanks, Marvin.

        • Locksus

          Who’s that?:P

          • DarthBrian

            Vell, Marvin*’s just zis guy, you know?


    • Zero

      Sounds like fun to me. Glad you had a nice time! =)

  • $18114340

    So I know the Xbox One hate is strong right now, and I don’t wish to start any arguments over petty things like system specs and the like, but what do Microsoft customers think of this?

    Isn’t it really shady and awkward? Don’t you think that Microsoft’s decisions are a bit unfriendly, a bit too controlled, and a bit too defensive?

    • Kurisu Makise

      If what was reported is indeed true, then I can’t in good faith say I’ll be an Xbox One customer. I want Microsoft to actually care about Japan and provide some competition to Sony out there but if they’re not interested, then it’s a deal breaker for me.

      I don’t know about shady but it is unfriendly, very controlled and they have been quite defensive after the conference. There work is cut out for them at E3, of which I’m giving them a chance to try and present their case for Xbox One again before the expected fall launch.

      • Locksus

        I doubt MS can never become relevant in Japan. I mean, they really, really tried this generation with some really amazing JRPG and SHMUP exclusives, but it hardly helped them.
        It’s hard to find audience there, especially when Nintendo has such a huge fanbase there.

        • Kurisu Makise

          I definitely agree that it’s hard but I also don’t correlate Nintendo’s huge base as making it directly difficult. Nintendo appeals to a wide and interesting demographic in Japan. Where Microsoft struggles is that the other demographic to appeal to, Sony probably has locked down now at this point and even they aren’t rocketing PlayStation to very high levels. Probably because it’s not that big. Whereas in the West, the demographic which PlayStation and Xbox appeal to is big enough to fight over.

          • Locksus

            That’s true, yes. We’ll see whether MS gains a footing in Japan in the future.

            • Kurisu Makise

              For my woes, region locking the system certainly doesn’t help (especially if you consider that if you’re an Xbox fan in Japan, you probably want to import the good titles to be there Day 1 and not whenever the localization comes in). Oh well, there’s still E3 and Gamescom and…TGS…

              • Willgaea

                It just seems racist to me.

                • Kurisu Makise

                  Racist for whom? Racist towards Microsoft for example? Or Racist for Microsoft whom probably made it harder for Japanese gamers to get western content sooner? I mean it might seem unthinkable for people on the reverse end but being a fan of western based stuff in Japan isn’t easy.

                  • Willgaea

                    Not letting Japanese reporters to talk about the new xbox. That’s profiling. That could have been some international advertising.

                    • Kurisu Makise

                      Ah yes, that was a bad move on their part. A very bad move.

        • $18114340

          Well, by securing these exclusives, I would argue that they pretty much antagonized Japanese customers by forcing them to buy a 360 if they wanted to play those games.

    • Zero

      If they really refused to let them enter… that’s just really low. I think that’s the kindest way I can say that.

  • SystemLimbic

    Not going to bother with the fanboy console questions, so Is there any games you guys looking forward in the summer? im getting last of us, remember me, and deadpool.

    • Willgaea

      I’m looking forward to Xillia, and deep down inside I’m looking forward to Deep down. Also Dark souls 2. I really hope They fix the co-op in Dark Souls 2.

      • SystemLimbic

        dark souls is so frustrating

  • PrinceHeir

    just finished Deadly Premonition Director’s Cut and wow!!!

    this is one of the best endings i have ever seen, especially towards the end your guessing which is which and so on.

    it’s also one of the few games that made me all teary up ;(

    beautiful game, aside from technical issues this is what games are all about instead of those try hard triple “A” titles that focuses too much on cinematics other than gameplay

    Deadly Premonition 2 please Swery65!!!

    • bloodiOS

      May I ask a few questions?
      -Does the game support 1080p?
      -Does the game require a mandatory install? If yes, how big was it?
      -How often does the frame rate drop during the gameplay?
      -Did you experience any controlling issue?
      -Is there any other technical issue worth noting?

      • PrinceHeir


        only 720p according to the box art

        yes it says in my game install data is around 2746 MB (including the expresso costume i preordered which is just a few kbs)

        the most noticeable drop is around the beginning of the game since it looks like it’s adjusting to your PS3.

        for me the more i play it, the more it played well.

        though the sometimes the sound and voice get’s interrupted in just 0.5 seconds.

        it’s not bad, but sometimes it happens during a cutscene and it can be annoying.

        but like i said, the more i play it the more it adjusted to the loading times and such.

        gameplay doesn’t get affect much so don’t worry.

        at first you’ll be confused at the controls.

        i feel as though the controls is like Killer 7.

        not the exact controls, but how you adjust to them since both games took awhile to get used to.

        but after that, you’l be able to breeze to the game with no problems :)

        i could see it a problem if you stop playing for awhile, which i did 2 weeks ago due to exams.

        other than the voice and sound dipping there’s really nothing besides those two.

        even the loading times are fast.

        i would say it’s Day 1 for those who want to experience a rich and unique story and set of characters.

        technical issue aside, this is one of my favorite games this generation and i can see why Jim Sterling of DTOID gave it a 10/10.

        while triple A hollywood style tries too hard with it’s explosions and BS story, this game is pure love and this is what makes a game a video game.

        if there’s one thing that really annoyed me is that there’s not alot of enemy variety and the map is still cumbersome.

        you can’t mark anything on the map, and you can’t even zoom out to see all the places of the map.

        you have to scroll the map to see what the other side looks like.

        it took me awhile, but i managed to memorize the place just by looking at it multiple times.

        you’ll be familiar like “oh i’ve seen this road so i know where to go”

        but yeah sometimes that map can be useless.

        it’ll be a trial and error for sure.

        and not to mention that ending, one of my favorite endings in video game history. it really is one of the few games that made me teary and all.

        you’ll see certain “gamey” mechanics like fishing, solving puzzles, amazing music, characters are fun to interact with as well relationship with the towns people.

        i memorize where to buy foods and ammo, eat great foods as well as drink wines and cocktails.

        in fact i actually prefer open ended games like this where you concentrate on your relationship in your town rather than just put on a big sandbox with nothing to do other than kill everyone on site and roam around.

        some say this is more in line with Shenmue series where you concentrate on knowing the ins and outs of a certain place.

        also its not really a spoiler or not but once you beat the game you’ll unlock tons of modes that used to be in games.

        all cutscene gallery as well being able to listen all of the music in the game.

        so yeah it’s your choice if you want to play the game or not.


        i would say that you need a little patience to get used to the controls and mechanics.

        but once past that, you’ll see on of the most unique games this generation and one of the best endings you’ll see.

        the plot twist are amazing and you’ll be shocked as well as feel sadness for the main character that has gone through over the course of the game

  • MosquitoLemon

    Back from the ol’ Japan trip, very interesting doing some used game hunting there… it was awesome explaining to my friends why some seemingly random games were going for $200, hahhaah.

    Picked up brand new copies of the Sengoku Basara Triple Pack (much cheaper than I expected!) and EX Troopers.

    • Zero

      Cool. Did you have a nice trip? Besides the video game hunting part. =D

      • MosquitoLemon

        Yes! I lived in Hong Kong before and really felt like Japan was nicer.. in Hong Kong everyone acts super impatient and hectic (like there is a giant ‘societal stress’), while in Japan everyone is ritually patient and polite. People would stand there and listen to my crappy Japanese even if they knew English, which I thought was really respectful. Other places I’ve been, they’d just be like, “Oh I know English, you can stop butchering my language now”

        • Zero

          I would love to visit Japan one day.

        • PrinceHeir


          funny thing is that i also would love to go to both Hong Kong and Japan :)

          since Hong Kong looks ace as hell(plus Play-asia’s head quarters are there) and Japan is my no.1 priority :)

          did you learn japanese in high school?

          and wow Ex Troopers and Sengoku Basara Triple Pack!!

          did you also get Yakuza HD Collection? :)

          • MosquitoLemon

            No, I taught myself Japanese.

            And while Play-Asia’s headquarters are in Hong Kong, Japanese games are much cheaper! The retail listed price is NOT the price you will pay for new games (think how best buy has everything for 5 dollar off.. except even cheaper). This also has to do with the good exchange rate right now, but really everything is like $15 cheaper than play-asia, even before shipping.

            And no, I didn’t pick up the Yakuza HD collection, probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea, but the language in that game is so difficult that I need subtitles for the cutscenes. Otherwise I would have picked up Yakuza 5 as well, hahaha. For EX Troopers and Sengoku Basara I didn’t really have a choice either way, they won’t release Troopers or Utage in the US…

            • PrinceHeir

              ohh that’s nice!

              ahh yeah play-asia can be a bit pricey at times.

              though they are the only store i know besides J-List, Yes asia(shame their game catalogue is shrinking)

              haven’t tried CD Japan, is it awesome?

              heard it is, but it’s more into anime blu rays and animes :D

              nippon yassan and paleteweb looks awesome!!

              hmv and ebten for japanese people (especially ebten with their Famitsu DX packs)

              oh i see, still get Yakuza 5 and HD Collection!

              yeah such a shame we didn’t get EX Troopers and Sengoku Basara Triple pack, yet shitty games like Lost Planet 3(lol) are getting a pass

              • MosquitoLemon

                Yeah I don’t know, I simply don’t import stuff that often because I hate high prices and shipping costs. This was a very special occasion! (plus the yen to USD ratio is very favorable right now)

                • PrinceHeir

                  i see.

                  still importing stuff is nice though :)

                  especially with the bonuses intact

                  • MosquitoLemon

                    That is true, interestingly enough, you can find some used games in Japan with the bonuses… in fact if a used game doesn’t have the original bonuses, that usually devalues it by quite a lot! (like ~$20)

                    • PrinceHeir

                      now that’s a nice thing to know!!

                      seems the used games there are handled much better!!

                    • MosquitoLemon

                      yes, people take care of their crap too, you will not find a single scratch on anything, if you do, they can’t really sell it for more than $5.

                    • PrinceHeir

                      that’s ace!

  • LordKaiser

    The more SEGA delays Phantasy Star Online 2, the less impact and relevance it will have when launched.

    Many people that started playing the JP version on February to ease the wait are reaching Lv.40 already.

    • Willgaea

      Is the max level 200 like in the other versions?

      • LordKaiser

        Probably it will and it’s expected. Also the mag is expected to reach 200.

        Right now the cap is LV.60 and the Mag is 175.

    • Zero

      I really wish SEGA NA would hurry the heck up!

      • LordKaiser

        The problem with PSO2 is that the game is almost fully voiced. IDK how much USA voice actors charge in comparison to Japanese VAs

        • Willgaea

          I wouldn’t mind if they just translated it to get it over here sooner. Also they could patch in the voices later.

  • Charlottes Guardian

    As much as I don’t want to be another one of those, “Square Enix is awful now, I’m never buying another Square game, blah blah blah”, Its something that just really bothers me. The Square I grew up with and loved, its gone. I know change is inevitable and they want to grow, but the magic I felt when I played their games is just not there. Maybe its thats on me, I grew up, and things might of changed. But final fantasy 7 was the first game I ever beat when I was 4 years old, And I loved every FF to death after that. (Yes, even FFX-2) Until it got to FF XII, and things started getting iffy for me. When 13 came out, I got it midnight release, and to this day, I STILL haven’t finished it. I went back and played FF 1-6 and they are still wonderful. I loved Kingdom hearts 1 and 2, as well as Birth by sleep, and I keep buying all these new ones and its just like, whats the point? I love all the deep interconnected story, but to have to have like 4 different platforms just to enjoy your story is hard on the wallet and just an odd thing to do. Idk, I guess this is more of a FF and KH rant more than anything.

    But I guess what I want to know is, does anybody else feel like this? Or maybe know why it is I’m feeling like this? I just want the magic back from the rpgs that I was raised on. I could play FFX again for the 100th time( My personal favorite game of all time) or I could find some new light on some fantastic new jrpgs that are coming out.

    tl;dr : I needs me some jrpgs that are godlike, coming from a hardcore FF fan~

    • Willgaea

      I got my fill of adventure from Dragons Dogma. The story line does lack the lure of most ff games but the game mechanics are top notch. I just think FF needs to get off the rail and become a open world that the player can explore. I love free roaming games. Also I also like finding enemies that destroy me because I’ve gone to an unknown territory.

      • Charlottes Guardian

        Your suggestion is perfect, I loved Dragons dogma. Unfortunately, I played the crap out of it already, and then I lost my all my save data when the patch hit, and then I played the crap out of it again xD. It was actually me saying, “Wow I think I’m finally done with dragons dogma after 250+ hours….now what?” that brought me here to find some new shtuff. lol

    • Zero

      I can relate. I played Final Fantasy 12, Final Fantasy 13 and 13-2. I enjoyed those games, but I felt like they were missing that magical feeling.

      The last Final Fantasy that gave me those feelings was Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy X released in the west in 2001 or 2002, I forget the exact date.

      I won’t get into Final Fantasy XI. I loved 11, it was a huge part of my life, and the experiences, memories, friends, failures, accomplishments, all of those will forever be in my thoughts. I’ll just leave it at that, since 11 is an MMORPG.

      It seems like most of the great JRPGs have been on portables this generation. I’m way behind on the portable games.

      I could list some games but I’m sure you have already played them.

      I think Square-Enix has to get back to the core of Final Fantasy. Change is fine, too much change is not.

      Some don’t think Square-Enix can make Final Fantasy games like they used to anymore. I don’t agree, just look at what they have been doing with Dragon Quest this generation. Setting DQX aside, they have been adding to the formula, but not trying to change everything about it.

      Square-Enix made the same mistake with FFXIV. They tried to change too much. They didn’t want it to be like other MMORPGs. The problem is, if you remove things that are crucial to the formula, you aren’t really making that type of game anymore. You end up with a game that feels like its missing things, it feels like the developers got lost along the way.

      You can’t remove crucial parts from the formula. You can add depth to it, apply new cool ideas. If you only do this and remove the crucial parts though, you end up with a game that is suffering from an identity crisis.

      I’ll end this here for now. I could go into even greater detail but I’ll save that for another time. (This comment is long enough, sorry about that lol.)

      • Charlottes Guardian

        No need to apologize, I would have kept reading! I love long thoughtful comments/rants about the games we love. haha. And what you were saying reminded me a lot of the way I felt. I’m also glad to see there’s someone else out there who believes that they can bring back the old feel and magic of some of the older FF’s. I guess we’ll have to wait and see at E3, supposedly when they will give some news about a new FF, (Or perhaps FF XIII Versus) Although, I may not be able to focus on anything if they show the new Smash Bros, as my body will be terminated from pure joy.

        Here’s to fun games from our childhood, *clink*


        • Zero

          I’m just ready for them to get Versus out the door already. I could type more here, believe me. Just a tad busy today so I’ll pick up this conversation again sometime in the future. =)

  • Willgaea

    So I just bought this game Called Two Worlds 2 for Ps3 and there is no one online. I guess that understandable cause the game has been out since 2009. The single player campaign is pretty fun so It was still worth the 10 dollars.

  • Sal Romano

    Neat ad campaign running in the PS3 section today =)

  • Luna Kazemaru
    • Zero

      I’m so tired of talking about this already, I almost don’t really want to get into it.

      They seem to be missing the point here…

      When it comes to the used game stuff it’s this simple in my opinion –

      If we buy the game, we own it, what we do with the game after we spend our $60 on it is our choice!

      They want to take this away. People are not cool with that.