Post by Nester the Lark on May 29, 2020 11:17:05 GMT -5
Here are a few more details:
The game will have an "imitate" feature, which basically means you'll be able to skin your character as various NPCs. This will be possible after collecting certain items, one of which are moogle stamps. In the original game, moogle stamps are used for unlocking tracks in the Blazin' Caravans minigame, so I wonder if that minigame has been removed. (No big loss if it has. It was just a klunkly Mario Kart clone.)
According to the PlayStation page, the game will include local couch co-op. I wonder how that will be implemented without each player having their own private screen.
Also, apparently you can have AI party members, which is something the original badly needed, although with online multiplayer, it's not as important here. (Not to mention, the AI party members in subsequent games were next-to-useless anyway.)
Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 26, 2020 9:11:07 GMT -5
Here's a features trailer. It doesn't reveal much new except that the game will have a "free to start" model. A "Lite" version can be downloaded for free, and can be played online, but there are only three dungeons. However, they can join someone who has the paid version of the game and play through other dungeons, also.
Also, at 3:52... Wow, that is not what I imagined Siltzkin's voice to sound like.
I like that they've added voice acting for the characters, but I think it'll give the game a much different feel.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 8, 2020 11:00:43 GMT -5
Today, August 8, is the 17th anniversary of the original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles on the GameCube.
Getting into this series was a bit of a slow burn for me. I actually rented the original right after it had first released. I thought it was OK, but it was just after I had rented the GameCube remake of Resident Evil, which was my first time playing a game in that series, and it left an impression on me. So, every time I started up Crystal Chronicles, I wished I was still playing Resident Evil.
Then, I went through my phase where I felt like I was over RPGs. It wasn't until I decided to try My Life as a King on WiiWare in 2008 that I thought I should give the series another shot. I absolutely loved My Life as King, and so I bought a used copy of the original game. It was then that it finally clicked with me, and I've been a fan since.
I've only ever played the original in single player, so I'm looking forward to trying the multiplayer mode in the remastered edition. (Hope the online doesn't suck.)
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 20, 2020 8:49:20 GMT -5
One week to release.
Also, it looks like there will be paid DLC, including eight skins of characters from other games in the series. (Source) They'll be available separately, as well as in a bundle.
*sigh* I'm sure I'll sucker into getting it. Eventually.
I do have to commend Square Enix for never forgetting about Crystal Chronicles, even if it's more niche and less successful than other Final Fantasy games. They've included several characters from it in the Dissidia mobile game, Sherlotta is in World of Final Fantasy Maxima, and music from it was included in the Theatrythm music game.
Also, seeing the skins for Yuri, Chelinka, and Sherlotta makes me want remakes/remasters of the DS games Ring of Fates and Echoes of Time with the graphical style of the original Crystal Chronicles.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 21, 2020 9:11:29 GMT -5
Square Enix has released a rather lengthy and detailed interview with some of the original members of the FFCC development staff, including Akitoshi Kawazu (producer), Kazuhiku Aoki (director), and Toshiyuki Itahana (character designer). It's a really good read.
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: If you want a new perspective on your own Mario Maker levels, just wait more than three years before playing them again.
Mar 6, 2021 9:44:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This kind of reminds me of modern 3D printing, where the software needs to formulate the steps for replicating the object rather than just going in a simple 2D matrix manner as in inkjet printing. Nice video.
Apr 3, 2021 9:13:25 GMT -5
Evie the Mother Hen ❤✿: From the looks of it we could create a Pokémon Family ROM hack, FE Family, etc.; but if the number of stiching points was changed from the original design you'd need to fix that with more hacking.
Apr 6, 2021 14:22:17 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm working on something for the forum. Hopefully I'll have it finished this week.
Apr 10, 2021 11:30:13 GMT -5