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Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0


#27511 Midori Monkey  

Midori Monkey

Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:39 PM

I guess I should get this off my chest to help relieve a little stress. Been trying to decide when to mention it even though I decided this a month ago but didn't want to bring it up around Christmas or New Years.

 

Anyways, I won't be returning to posting weekly releases or Tuesday releases. I won't go into specific detail, but I was in very bad shape in November and I think the biggest contributing factor was the stress of everything I have to deal with. I've recovered since then, but it was seriously bad to the point where I was almost completely incapacitated from the pain and lack of appetite. As a result I'm lightening my load as much as possible. So always make sure to take care of your mind and body because the force your mind can exert on your body is absolutely ridiculous as I've seen first hand.

 

Like I've mentioned before I'll still read and post here but since I'm not doing the weekly posts. I typically don't say a whole lot to begin with as I've grown tired of drama on the internet over the decades I've been using it and thus tend to try and avoid it. So I'll still be here, but less frequent and will try to reply if someone says my name. Though you can always PM me here or contact me through Steam. PS4 is also possible as well and uses the same ID as the forum here, but I mostly use it for Netflix/Amazon Video and don't always resign-in when the PSN messaging app logs me out.

 I'm glad you recovered, and hope you stay that way :)  I've always like reading your posts, especially the review ones.  So it is good to know you will still somewhat be around on CAG.  Just take it easy, and stay healthy.

 

I know you mentioned you don't play on PS4 much, but I'd always be down to play something with you if you ever want :)



#27512 superxgaga   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   290 Posts   Joined 6.6 Years Ago  

superxgaga

Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:49 PM

Just look at Atlus's 5 year period from 2008-2013, and 2013-2018. In the Sega period, there's literally only 1 game that isn't a remaster/SMT/EO, and it's Tokyo Mirage. The period before that? About 20.

Even tokyo mirage was advertised as smt x fire emblem early on.

#27513 bappt   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   723 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:46 PM

The companies you believe to be niche Japanese developers were bought out by larger companies in the early 2010s for their popular IP. They were just nice enough to keep on the original staff.



#27514 lakers714  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:48 PM

. Then all that's left is to pray that NISA doesn't introduce bugs and they don't Fuck up the inevitable PC port and hire Durante to do it. 

Wait wtf what has Durante done recently? Has he done some terrible work recently or what?  from what I member this dude is known to fix spotty ports of many games and done awesome work with the amount he tries to fix 



#27515 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   4484 Posts   Joined 5.7 Years Ago  

shadowysea07

Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:56 PM

for someone who hates the game/series so much, you sure seem to have played a lot of it..

 

I enjoy the series in general, not that it doesn't have its faults, but I found it to be an enjoyable experience.  Thankfully, so do many others.

Its a catch 22 as people complain if you don't give games A fair chance.



#27516 cloudmd23   Tojo Clan Member CAGiversary!   198 Posts   Joined 10.3 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:57 PM

I'm happy that Trails of Cold Steel III is getting localized, but like everyone else, I'm also nervous. Here's hoping for the best.



#27517 Zaku77   \m/ CAGiversary!   4802 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:05 PM

Wait wtf what has Durante done recently? Has he done some terrible work recently or what?  from what I member this dude is known to fix spotty ports of many games and done awesome work with the amount he tries to fix 

Nearly positive that was just poor phrasing/grammar. Like, "I hope that they don't mess the PC port up; and I hope that they hire Durante, as he did the prior two amazingly well--to make sure that it's done properly."



#27518 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   7863 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:07 PM

I'm just looking forward to the Trails of Cold Steel PS4 release next month.  Going to pick it up on release week.  I love the steelbooks too.  :hot: 



#27519 spoderman  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:07 PM

Wait wtf what has Durante done recently? Has he done some terrible work recently or what? from what I member this dude is known to fix spotty ports of many games and done awesome work with the amount he tries to fix

Nothing wrong with Durante, but he's not a wizard. If the port is fucked to begin with there's only so much he can do. Good example is YS8. The port was so bad originally that itd need months of work to fix. Durante did what he could to fix it but he was getting paid to work on other titles and probably didn't have the time to put in the work needed to fix it.

Another good example of this is Little Kings Story. That was fixed to some extent by durante and its still buggy. A port should be halfway decent to begin with before getting released, or shit like that can happen

#27520 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   7863 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:10 PM

Say what you want, I think that the RPG and JRPG landscape has been much healthier and higher quality than it was last gen.  (PS3/360, and even PC).



#27521 Jurai  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:12 PM

gonna try to attend the panel tomorrow



#27522 lakers714  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:16 PM

Nearly positive that was just poor phrasing/grammar. Like, "I hope that they don't mess the PC port up; and I hope that they hire Durante, as he did the prior two amazingly well--to make sure that it's done properly."

Ohh I guess I read it wrong whoops

 

Nothing wrong with Durante, but he's not a wizard. If the port is fucked to begin with there's only so much he can do. Good example is YS8. The port was so bad originally that itd need months of work to fix. Durante did what he could to fix it but he was getting paid to work on other titles and probably didn't have the time to put in the work needed to fix it.

Another good example of this is Little Kings Story. That was fixed to some extent by durante and its still buggy. A port should be halfway decent to begin with before getting released, or shit like that can happen

Yeah those 2 games have been known for their ports not being good 



#27523 dsman3717   Saber is Life CAGiversary!   682 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

dsman3717

Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:20 PM

Off-topic, but is anybody going to the Fate Grand Tour in LA? I just bought my ticket and the movie is supposed to premiere on the 23rd.

https://fate-go.us/tour2019/

Tempted to, but the drive down to LA is such a drag lol. Guess I'm gonna have to pass :/  I'll just go to the normal release for the movie on the following month.

 

$45? For what? Are they at least giving you an SSR for attending this? 

Looks like panels and stuff, and access to their exclusive merchandise booth.

 

 

Also, is it bad that I'm only interested in this because of the exclusive goods? I've pretty much grown out of attending panels, I honestly don't care about them anymore. But hard to find goods though..... =P~



#27524 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9106 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 10:04 PM

Not super excited for NISA and TOCS3. I trust them about as much as I trust Sekai Project, which is not at all, but I buy the games because I like the games. Both have been translating horribly lately.

 

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt till I get it, but yeah, I'm going to be seeing a decent bit of NISA this year with this, Caligula Effect whatever (Vita version was OK but man that battle system was slow as molasses and the getting to know a bunch of nameless students....fun) and The Princess Guide, which I've been wanting for a while. It's a love/hate relationship for sure with both of these companies. Please prove me wrong sometimes?



#27525 Soma_Cruz   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1516 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Soma_Cruz

Posted 17 January 2019 - 10:15 PM

Not super excited for NISA and TOCS3. I trust them about as much as I trust Sekai Project, which is not at all, but I buy the games because I like the games. Both have been translating horribly lately.

 

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt till I get it, but yeah, I'm going to be seeing a decent bit of NISA this year with this, Caligula Effect whatever (Vita version was OK but man that battle system was slow as molasses and the getting to know a bunch of nameless students....fun) and The Princess Guide, which I've been wanting for a while. It's a love/hate relationship for sure with both of these companies. Please prove me wrong sometimes?

Is the new version of Caligula Effect that improved? Given what you say about it, doesn't sound like a game you'd buy again.

I'll be seeing quite a bit of NISA this year as well. Just got Disgaea 1 Complete, definitely getting ToCS3 and probably The Princess Guide, and will consider Caligula/RPG Maker MV/Lapis x Labyrinth.



#27526 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 10:17 PM

Ohh I guess I read it wrong whoops

Yeah, I typed that pretty quick plus I wasn't in a particularly good mood as this is almost the worst outcome I wanted for the series. It was meant to say that that NISA's PC port would be shit and they should include Durante from the get go. Everything concerning NISA PC ports have been worse than Koei Tecmo which takes skill or rather complete lack thereof.

 

I guess I'll end up playing Zero with the finished fan translation as I assume they'll be done editing before this releases and then play the minimal edited version of Azure. It really sucks we didn't get them before Cold Steel III.



#27527 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9106 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:04 PM

Honestly I probably shouldn't get the Caligula Effect newer version. The old one I got through a few chapters at least. The story is OK, but the characters in general, including the main ones are a bit bland. It's an average game, which probably got more hype cause it has the original Persona games writer (1 and 2 both games I believe). I might just pick up Cold Steel 1 again. I have PC and PS3 already....I really don't need another version.



#27528 lutz   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1318 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:11 PM

I'm afraid of staring the Cold Steel series because I know it's only half the saga. I don't suppose there's any news/hope out there that 3&4 will come state side somehow?



#27529 Nothing-   Tomorrow King - Interloper Kai CAGiversary!   7863 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:17 PM

I'm afraid of staring the Cold Steel series because I know it's only half the saga. I don't suppose there's any news/hope out there that 3&4 will come state side somehow?

It was posted this morning which is what sparked the conversation. 

 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Thors Academy Edition (PS4™)



#27530 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   1575 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:19 PM

It was posted this morning which is what sparked the conversation. 

I think he's asking if 3 and 4 will be released together like they were expected to do at one point.

 

I wouldn't expect it.  They will probably see how the three console releases do this year and go from there.

 

Anyway I love the Trails series but am not familiar enough with NISA to be too opinionated about the news..  I just know YS VIII was a disaster and hopefully they've learned from it.  Also hoping this means Alicia might get a new english VA



#27531 luxoflux  

luxoflux

Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:53 PM

Off-topic, but is anybody going to the Fate Grand Tour in LA? I just bought my ticket and the movie is supposed to premiere on the 23rd.

https://fate-go.us/tour2019/

We'll be attending ACEN again and will be swinging by the booth to see what they have. ACEN 2018 was damn near sponsored by Fate/GO so not shocked to see them hosting the tour this year. I am really hoping Azur Lane makes an appearance there in some capacity. 

 

 

Cautiously optimistic for Trails 3 and 4. Happy it is finally coming over and prompted me to preorder 1 and 2. Annoyed that NISA is handling the translation after the shit show that was Y's8.



#27532 lutz   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1318 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 06:45 AM

It was posted this morning which is what sparked the conversation. 

 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Thors Academy Edition (PS4™)

Thanks, while I was referring to the 3&4 combo, I actually wasn't aware that NIS posted 3 officially (I missed the memo). Still sucks that it's $100 for just one game. I really hope there will be solid news of the 4th, and that maybe there will be a steelbook edition (as oppose to the TA edition).



#27533 srocky26  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:15 PM

Thanks, while I was referring to the 3&4 combo, I actually wasn't aware that NIS posted 3 officially (I missed the memo). Still sucks that it's $100 for just one game. I really hope there will be solid news of the 4th, and that maybe there will be a steelbook edition (as oppose to the TA edition).

That’s the CE. The regular price will be $60 as usual...

#27534 Vigilante   The Deal Is Already Dead CAGiversary!   36892 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:14 PM

That’s the CE. The regular price will be $60 as usual...

I might be mistaken, but I think he was referring to how the steelbook for Cold Steel III seems to be limited to the $100 CE and not like the soon-to-be-released steelbook editions for Cold Steel I & II on PS4.



#27535 sjc1279   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   272 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:19 PM

No steelbook for standard edtion.  You will get sound track CD and softcover artbook TOCS3 Standard Edition.

 

https://www.amazon.c...ag=ruliweb03-20



#27536 srocky26  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:20 PM

I might be mistaken, but I think he was referring to how the steelbook for Cold Steel III seems to be limited to the $100 CE and not like the soon-to-be-released steelbook editions for Cold Steel I & II on PS4.

Ah, fair enough. I definitely missed that.

#27537 Jurai  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 04:57 PM

the NISA panel at PAX is streaming here in 3 minutes fyi https://www.twitch.tv/pax2



#27538 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 05:20 PM

 I'm glad you recovered, and hope you stay that way :)  I've always like reading your posts, especially the review ones.  So it is good to know you will still somewhat be around on CAG.  Just take it easy, and stay healthy.

 

I know you mentioned you don't play on PS4 much, but I'd always be down to play something with you if you ever want :)

Forgot to reply to you yesterday, but I may still do reviews here and there when I'm feeling up to it. They take an hour or two to write out after I spend who knows how long thinking about the game. I know I wanted to do one for Dragon Quest XI, but it's a bit too late at this point for it.

 

I don't mind doing multiplayer either, but the biggest issue is determining what game. Outside of mostly PS+ indie games I don't have a whole lot that are multiplayer on the PS4.



#27539 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   1575 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 06:36 PM

the NISA panel at PAX is streaming here in 3 minutes fyi https://www.twitch.tv/pax2

Thanks for the link.  Was entertaining to see the chat sidebar explode when they announced brittany and kris to be working with them on the project.



#27540 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5691 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:18 PM

So it looks like the people who worked on Trails before that are now working on Cold Steel III have been announced:

 

Twitter Link

 

Translator: Ryan Thomson (CS1 & 2)

Localization Producer/Freelance Editor: Brittany Avery [Hatsuu] (FC/SC/3rd/CS1/CS2)

Editor/Consultant: Kris Knigge (CS1 & 2)

 

Having Brittany/Hatsuu in there is a big plus for me. Now I just hope they don't bomb the eventual PC port.