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Tothoro

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#14254306 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Tothoro on 09 January 2020 - 05:07 PM

That's exactly what insurance is for. Why else would anyone buy it if the postal service automatically reimburses you for losing or damaging your package without having to buy insurance? UPS has insurance included with Ground shipping, but of course the rates are higher than Media Mail.

Yeah, you're right, I shouldn't complain about the loss of my property and lack of fulfillment of a service I paid for. I should have to pay extra if I really wanted that service. Next time I go to a restaurant, I'll be sure to buy insurance to make sure the server actually brings food to me.




#14252417 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Tothoro on 03 January 2020 - 09:57 PM

I was on the fence about ordering Metagal but looks like preorders for it are now out of stock.  Do they usually get more stock in when the game actually releases?

Yes, they usually sell their leftovers once damaged copies are replaced, assuming there are leftovers at that point. They tend to sell several titles' leftovers together and don't publish dates super far in advance, though.




#14251587 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 01 January 2020 - 05:36 PM

So what you're saying is ... good business/marketing strategy on LRG's part.

Folks here need to get a hold of themselves. There are far, far, FAR greater and more important issues to be angry or anxious about. This one over LRG is the epitome of a first world problem.

I don't expect to see people talking about Hong Kong, Australian wildfires, or Brexit on a video game deals/discussion forum. Nobody's dying over this and nobody's acting like they are. But complaints about how Limited Run Games is selling their games on the Limited Run Games thread seems perfectly topical. We're all here because we like games, and we're allowed to because fortunately no one person decides what humans have to spend their time doing.




#14251521 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 01 January 2020 - 03:16 PM

I ended up getting a copy of the Night Trap variant. I sold my PS4 copy when the Vita version was announced, but we all know how that turned out. Nice to get another copy at MSRP, I guess.

I was going to come on here to complain how Shopify/Paypal screwed me over on Metal Slug 3 for PS4, but then I see all this whining about the last Vita games being in the Blind Boxes...

 

The games will still be released the regular way,  A handful of people will get it early if they get a blind box.  So what?  Seriously, SO WHAT?  How does that any way negatively affect you or your collection?  You'll still have your chance to buy your copies, but if you're so insane that you absolutely positively must have it first, you take your chance with a blind box.

 

And if you ARE that insane, chances are you won't get it and you're out that money and still have to buy it normally like everyone else.

 

Good gravy people.

The issue is more that they're arbitrarily holding these games hostage. They're printed, they could be sold today and shipped tomorrow. But instead they're just sitting on them, and the first time they've been made available is through a blind box lottery. If I could buy these games today for $100 each and then stop following LRG and waiting for these sales I'd do it in a heartbeat. I may turn to eBay and do just that when copies inevitably make their way out.

 

For myself and a lot of others, these are the last things we want from LRG. It's as much about being done with them as it is about getting the games.




#14247318 Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0

Posted by Tothoro on 21 December 2019 - 05:55 AM

For TMS, especially with the bosses, it felt like you either had to overlevel or do the fight the "right way" (i.e. use the characters/skills it wants you to use) to win. That took a lot of the fun out of the combat for me. I like being able to choose my characters and play around a bit.

 

The story was fun, though like others have mentioned it leans pretty heavily into j-pop/idol tropes. Music is pretty good and different for a JRPG, which makes sense given that theming.

 

There's some outfit and content censorship, which you may or may not care about. There's an article about it here. It's still applicable since the enhanced version is based on the censored version.

 

Overall it's not a bad game, but I don't know that I'd recommend it over other recent JRPGs.




#14247122 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 20 December 2019 - 08:04 PM

I've said this before so apologies if I'm beating a dead horse, but the magic really feels gone from LRG. It was great when there were a few releases a month and they sold stuff that was on-hand. But the market is beyond saturated at this point and shipping times remain long with no real end in sight. I'm waiting on an order from September they've sold 50+ new SKUs since then. Coupled with the number of things slipping through the cracks (Timespinner manual, Atari box, Power Rangers DLC, etc.) I think they've just gotten too big. They went from darling small business to selling and publishing anything they can get their hands on.

 

Ultimately I can't and don't blame them for how they've grown (they are a business and businesses exist to make money, after all) but I don't see myself buying much after the remaining Vita games that are being held hostage.

 

Also, tangentially, you may have noticed I haven't done shipping updates here lately. While I'd love to continue doing so, there's no good source of information anymore. The Shipping Updates page is rarely updated and information is often inaccurate. For example, Celeste was being shipped back in October and taken off their updates page, but copies were still shipping as recently as last week. It's essentially logistics lottery when you get your games at this point, unfortunately.




#14246309 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Tothoro on 18 December 2019 - 06:55 PM

I am a little suspicious that those Nicalis titles did not make some kind of deadline. Too much time has passed from when those demo copies showed up on eBay for me to think they are still going to get released. If they do get released, I suspect some contract is waiting to expire before they can sell them.

Speaking of Vita, where the heck are the Nicalis games?

The games are already printed, there's no danger of them missing a deadline. They just haven't released them yet and nobody knows why. Leading theories are stressed relationships with developers based on the recent bad publicity and them being in some ePeen contest with LRG to release the last physical Vita game in NA.




#14243379 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Tothoro on 10 December 2019 - 11:44 PM

Literally like 2 people want a soundtrack. I am so annoyed that they keep forcing you to buy the CD if you want the game. The greed at LRG is real..

I had to open a ticket because the soundtrack that was supposed to be included in the first one wasn't in the package. So they made me buy it and then didn't ship it. I opened a ticket so I'm sure I'll get it (eventually™), but it's still annoying.




#14242740 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 09 December 2019 - 04:50 PM

Back when they release 2-3 games a month it is easy to buy everything.  Now they release 2 a week it is impossible to keep up.

Any more, 2 games a week is even an understatement.




#14233080 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 22 November 2019 - 07:57 PM

Shipping/production updates since 11/8 below, changes in bold.

 

 

 

Spoiler

 

Of note:

  • LRG has 103 separate sold SKUs pending shipment. Considering a lot of these are open pre-orders we don't know the exact quantities, but if we estimate low at 2,000 then they need to ship about 206k units of already-sold product.This is down 9 items from two weeks ago. I believehis is the first time the number has decreased since I've been doing these updates.
  • Some older PS4 titles shipped, but it appears that the primary focus is River City Girls and Celeste.
  • LRG shipped out 17 SKUs in the past two weeks. This is about double their usual pace.



#14231627 PS Vita Deals & Discussions Thread

Posted by Tothoro on 20 November 2019 - 12:31 AM

Are there any not so obvious, import-friendly Vita games with at least English subtitles/text?

  • IA/VT, but that "sale" price is absurd (rhythm game, English isn't necessary)
  • Miracle Girls Festival (same as above but with a more reasonable price)
  • Taiko no Tatsujin (same as above, my favorite of the three)
  • Hotline Miami (has English subs, but only one of the games is on the cart; you can't redeem the other game without a JP PSN account)

Plus obviously anything with an ESRB rating or that says English. Just my two cents at a glance.

  • Airship Q (has English subs in a PSN patch)
  • Dokuro (has English subs)



#14229948 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 15 November 2019 - 06:40 PM

I actually opened a ticket about this. If they give me the run around, then I might tell them to Fuck off and cancel it. I got it as a Christmas gift and a CE for myself, was kinda surprised it was sold out immediately after I checked out though. Didn't think it would be this popular ha.

 

While on the subject, they say it can take 1-3 months from initial sale. Does this mean they'll still only start shipping a month AFTER they close pre-orders or will they ship it (hopefully) around a month later from today? Otherwise, this whole Christmas gift situation might not work regardless.

Based on the current shipping queue, it will likely be March next year at the earliest unless it gets prioritized in the queue like RCG/Celeste/Jak. I keep a running tally every two weeks of the shipping backlog, it was at 112 SKUs as of last weekand their shipping velocity is 15-20 a month (which will likely decrease as the shipping folks take holiday time off).




#14228308 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 12 November 2019 - 09:41 PM

So all LRG releases are going to best buy huh?

Most Switch titles and a few seemingly random PS4 ones. Item descriptions on the LRG site say which are going to BB. There's always a disclaimer that BestBuy may not proceed with their order when that is the case, but that's yet to happen.




#14226828 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 08 November 2019 - 08:05 PM

You know, when they announced all of the Jak games forever ago, Jak X was the one I was excited for since there wasn't a modern port like the trilogy for 1/2/3 on PS3 and Vita. But when I saw that Jak X is coming next week, I realized I just didn't care. Every week the magic feels a little more dead.




#14226668 Limited Run Games Thread - RPG Masters of the Universe

Posted by Tothoro on 08 November 2019 - 02:51 PM

Did LRG put Shantae 5 on preorder yet?

We don't have a confirmation one way or another whether LRG will get Shantae 5. During a fireside chat they mentioned they'd like to and had expressed that to WayForward, but there weren't any plans.

 

Shipping/production updates since 10/25 below, changes in bold.

 

Spoiler

 

Of note:

  • LRG has 112 separate sold SKUs pending shipment. Considering a lot of these are open pre-orders we don't know the exact quantities, but if we estimate low at 2,000 then they need to ship about 224k units of already-sold product.This is up 9 items from two weeks ago.
  • Some older PS4 titles shipped, but it appears that the primary focus is River City Girls and Celeste. Standard editions have been marked off the list because shipping has started, but shipping hasn't yet ended.
  • LRG shipped out 8 SKUs in the past two weeks. This seems to be pretty consistent with their pace from the past few months (15-20 per month), but this also means they've got around 6-8 months of inventory to ship. Throw in holiday vacations and the current backlog would likely extend even longer.