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After finishing up post-game DQXI this December, I've been busy:

1. Alliance Alive I finished at 4am after a marathon session at the end of the month. Really really liked this game. It had slow parts sure, but I really liked the pace of the vast majority of it and the openness of the world.

2. Marian Taven Story: Patty and the Hungry God is almost done. I think. The main goal of the game is to get your tavern to level 10, find dad and pay off the debts & get rid of the nuisance "god" of misfortune. Well, I was close to that last night, put in 4 hours. Then played another almost 4 today. Still not done. Maybe 1 more dungeon/boss to beat. It's been a fun ride, but I'm done with the grind here at the end and am looking forward to being done.

3. Ni No Kuni DS has been a blast. Put about 7 hours into it so far. The fan translation is excellent. It has a bit of a DQIX feel too it, which is understandable as it was done by Level-5 right around the same time. Having a blast with it!

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*3 hours later update: it was the final dungeon and when the boss had a 2nd form, I knew it was over. Whew, 28:18. Not super long, but I could've done without a few of those hours near the end. Still, a legit decent game. Don't be turned off by the Kemco name, it was only published by them, development elsewhere.

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15 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

*3 hours later update: it was the final dungeon and when the boss had a 2nd form, I knew it was over. Whew, 28:18. Not super long, but I could've done without a few of those hours near the end. Still, a legit decent game. Don't be turned off by the Kemco name, it was only published by them, development elsewhere.

I love how you know about Kemco’s bad reputation for below average RPGs. I didn’t even really who they were until I found out about their mobile-to-Vita ports earlier into 2018. They trick you with the pretty cover art!

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I love how you know about Kemco’s bad reputation for below average RPGs. I didn’t even really who they were until I found out about their mobile-to-Vita ports earlier into 2018. They trick you with the pretty cover art!
Oh, they've been on my radar for a good 7ish years. I used to look on Google Play Store often when I first joined the Android master race. Reviews always turned me away.

This wasn't a Kemco game thank goodness. I even paid for it myself to review as it interested me enough.

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4 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

Oh, they've been on my radar for a good 7ish years. I used to look on Google Play Store often when I first joined the Android master race. Reviews always turned me away.

This wasn't a Kemco game thank goodness. I even paid for it myself to review as it interested me enough.

Oh geez that long. I remember seeing the promotional art for like Revenant Saga or something and then seeing actual stills and going “...no, thank you” and when I looked them up on Wikipedia, their page was like ten miles long and full of games with links to pages that don’t exist.

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13 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:

Oh, they've been on my radar for a good 7ish years. I used to look on Google Play Store often when I first joined the Android master race. Reviews always turned me away.

This wasn't a Kemco game thank goodness. I even paid for it myself to review as it interested me enough.

I’ve known about Kemco shenanigans for a few years too.  I want to say about 5 years. I nearly bought one or two but then found out about their (as in both the company and the games) infamy. Gameplay for most of what they push out doesn’t really look all that interesting either.

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On 12/27/2018 at 4:07 PM, Plattym3 said:
On 12/27/2018 at 3:49 PM, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:
The amount of people who praise the game in the Facebook group Platty and I run is staggering sometimes. Yet whenever I watch gameplay of the PS3 version we got, it doesn’t seem all that great.

@Bururian, don't know if you've seen my excitement all over, but the original Japanese DS version of Ni No Kuni got a fan translation earlier this month. I'm so so exited to try it and it's purely turn-based battle system.

I'm a bit late on this, but out of curiosity, how different are the PS3 and DS versions? I've had an interest in playing Ni no Kuni since it came out, but I never owned a PS3 and the DS version was Japan-exclusive. Does the DS version provide a similar story/experience? I'd love to give the game a go sometime soon if so.

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15 minutes ago, gooieooie said:

I'm a bit late on this, but out of curiosity, how different are the PS3 and DS versions? I've had an interest in playing Ni no Kuni since it came out, but I never owned a PS3 and the DS version was Japan-exclusive. Does the DS version provide a similar story/experience? I'd love to give the game a go sometime soon if so.

Platty could tell you more, but from my understanding the DS original is fully turn based and plays different from the PS3 version, while the PS3 implements some different gameplay styles and an extra story added on after where the DS version ends. Both of these changes in the PS3 version seemed to have been met with mixed results, but the PS3 version is a still a good game.

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1 minute ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Platty could tell you more, but from my understanding the DS original is fully turn based and plays different from the PS3 version, while the PS3 implements some different gameplay styles and an extra story added on after where the DS version ends. Both of these changes in the PS3 version seemed to have been met with mixed results, but the PS3 version is a still a good game.

Oh, weird! I never realized that the PS3 version was a later, expanded release of the game. I didn't know for sure, which is why I asked, but I assumed they released simultaneously and were basically the same besides visuals and battle system, similar to DQXI. Interesting to know that's not the case!

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7 minutes ago, gooieooie said:

Oh, weird! I never realized that the PS3 version was a later, expanded release of the game. I didn't know for sure, which is why I asked, but I assumed they released simultaneously and were basically the same besides visuals and battle system, similar to DQXI. Interesting to know that's not the case!

It is odd. It’s kind of like a flip of what DQ11’s handheld and home console versions were like: the 3DS version of 11 has a lot more exclusive content, while the PS4 version looks nicer but lacks the additional stuff. They are still the same games for the most part, but handle a few things differently from one another.

I suppose we don’t have to worry about the handheld versions of either game since we never got them, but at least now the DS version of Ni No Kuni has the full fan translation now, including the spell book they included with that version being fan translated too ( @Plattym3printed out the whole thing too!). Hopefully DQ11 3DS will follow in the next few years.

 

Anyway, I haven’t been RPGing much the last two weeks. I’ve been so absorbed with Red Dead Redemption 2 I haven’t really thought about RPGs! I have been messing around in Dragon Quest IV mobile recently when I’m not home and so far I’m halfway through Torneko’s chapter (hence him being my current profile picture). I forgot how much money you can earn in his chapter, and while you can’t take his gold amount to chapter 5 I may take advantage of the gold earning and buy some extra Cautery Swords to sell off later. There’s always room in your bag, as the merchants of Dragon Quest say.... 😏

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1 minute ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

It is odd. It’s kind of like a flip of what DQ11’s handheld and home console versions were like: the 3DS version of 11 has a lot more exclusive content, while the PS4 version looks nicer but lacks the additional stuff. They are still the same games for the most part, but handle a few things differently from one another.

I suppose we don’t have to worry about the handheld versions of either game since we never got them, but at least now the DS version of Ni No Kuni has the full fan translation now, including the spell book they included with that version being fan translated too ( @Plattym3printed out the whole thing too!). Hopefully DQ11 3DS will follow in the next few years.

Interesting! I saw that the DS version and its book had received a fan translation a few weeks back, but I hadn't looked into it too much yet, so it's good to know a bit more about it. Thanks!

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I need a break from RDR2 for a day or two. The honor system and a few other things have been infuriating. So, for now, I’ve finally started up SMT: Strange Journey Redux.

First off, #$*! the fact this game only has the Japanese audio for the dialogue. What the #$*!, Atlus? Freaking Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology got a full English dub for god’s sake. My personal preference to Strange Journey aside, the game is like the one SMT game were an English dub would have made the most sense. In stuff like Persona or numbered SMT games, THOSE work with Japanese dialogue since they take place in Japan and the entire roster is Japanese. I’m sure I won’t think about the dialogue stuff much later on, but for now it just....it just annoys me, sorry.

Whatever. Moving on. The game looks and plays alright so far, the music is still that godly Shoji Meguro soundtrack that scared the hell out of me when first playing (just now in clear audio rather than being slightly hindered by the DS audio system), I like how they’ve touched up the UI and battle screens/settings, and it has most of the customizable options from the last few 3DS Shin Megami Tensei games. So on those fronts, the game is good. I’m sure I’ll sink plenty of time into the game just like I did with the original.

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31 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

I need a break from RDR2 for a day or two. The honor system and a few other things have been infuriating. So, for now, I’ve finally started up SMT: Strange Journey Redux.

First off, #$*! the fact this game only has the Japanese audio for the dialogue. What the #$*!, Atlus? Freaking Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology got a full English dub for god’s sake. My personal preference to Strange Journey aside, the game is like the one SMT game were an English dub would have made the most sense. In stuff like Persona or numbered SMT games, THOSE work with Japanese dialogue since they take place in Japan and the entire roster is Japanese. I’m sure I won’t think about the dialogue stuff much later on, but for now it just....it just annoys me, sorry.

Whatever. Moving on. The game looks and plays alright so far, the music is still that godly Shoji Meguro soundtrack that scared the hell out of me when first playing (just now in clear audio rather than being slightly hindered by the DS audio system), I like how they’ve touched up the UI and battle screens/settings, and it has most of the customizable options from the last few 3DS Shin Megami Tensei games. So on those fronts, the game is good. I’m sure I’ll sink plenty of time into the game just like I did with the original.

Did the original game have a dub?

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22 minutes ago, eal said:

Did the original game have a dub?

No. The DS original in all territories didn’t have voice acting. The only “voices,” in the original are demon grunts during negotiations.

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27 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

No. The DS original in all territories didn’t have voice acting. The only “voices,” in the original are demon grunts during negotiations.

They might have thought recording fro scratch might not be cost effective. It did sort of just...come out. They probably just dubbed Persona 3 and 5 Dancing because they probably felt they were obligated to.

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On 1/2/2019 at 3:33 PM, eal said:

I’ve heard of monster girls...:wink:

Is this a porn thing? :rolleyes:

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42 minutes ago, eal said:

They might have thought recording fro scratch might not be cost effective. It did sort of just...come out. They probably just dubbed Persona 3 and 5 Dancing because they probably felt they were obligated to.

Ah damn it, my original response was totally wiped because I accidentally closed the window. 🤬

The short of it was it was a very lackluster release compared to the games that preceded it in 2018 in several regards and the whole English release stunk of Atlus USA not caring about the game at all despite delaying the English release in the first place.

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Posted (edited)

What the hey, Kemco still exist?! I haven't heard about them since the early 90s.

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30 minutes ago, Sumez said:

Is this a porn thing? :rolleyes:

 

27 minutes ago, Reddragon18 said:

I think it’s porn from a picture I saw.

One of the unwritten rules of the Den is to be careful about Googling what eal mentions to you. 😂

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You learn something new everyday.
No, you most definitely don't. Actually, you never do. Ever.

You learn something new every day. 2 words. Never use 1 unless it's followed by a noun.

Now you've learned something.

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1 hour ago, Sumez said:

What the hey, Kemco still exist?! I haven't heard about them since the early 90s.

Not only do they still exist, they’re selling physical copies of their games on Vita through Limited Run Games.

43 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

 

One of the unwritten rules of the Den is to be careful about Googling what eal mentions to you. 😂

I’m basically the Rule 34 of the Den.

 

1 hour ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Ah damn it, my original response was totally wiped because I accidentally closed the window. 🤬

The short of it was it was a very lackluster release compared to the games that preceded it in 2018 in several regards and the whole English release stunk of Atlus USA not caring about the game at all despite delaying the English release in the first place.

You can always tell when they don’t care. Persona 3 and 5 Dancing released earlier than originally announced, you can’t find them in stores (saw them on a shelf at a GameStop for the first time last week!), they didn’t bother with a physical version on the Vita when they definitely could have, and the special edition was total garbage.

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It did sort of just...come out.


It sure did. It's in its sad little 3DS case alongside big Atlus boxes filled with keychains, art books, and/or soundtracks. Atlus plopped it out like late night poop.

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12 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:


It sure did. It's in its sad little 3DS case alongside big Atlus boxes filled with keychains, art books, and/or soundtracks. Atlus plopped it out like late night poop.

 

Yep, and it especially sucks since it was part of the 25th anniversary celebrating SMT. The game got a massive special edition in Japan complete with a series artbook and several remix CDs. Not a lick of those extras came to the west, not even ONE of the CDs featuring part of the remixes. It really, really sucks. 

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At least Strange Journey is a damn good RPG and one of best entries in the series, so at least the quality of the game speaks for itself.

 

(God I hope Shin Megami Tensei V gets more love whenever it releases and comes westward).

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