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Moraven
20-09-2012, 05:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT8RpJCtlgg&feature=player_embedded#!

This was new when it first came out on PSP, almost making me get one then. One I got one at the start of the year I completely forgot about the game.

I saw mention of the PC port from Steam, Japan, and missed opportunities (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/177991/Steam_Japan_and_missed_opportunities.php#.UFs9mo1l Qsk) describing a few of the barriers on why small Japanese developers avoid their games on PC for a global audience.

With the recent news Valve meeting with Inafune hopefully we will see more support from Valve and more japanese games coming to PC and Steam.

Valve Contacted Japanese Developers to Bring Their Games to Steam (http://www.siliconera.com/2012/09/07/valve-contacted-japanese-developers-to-bring-their-games-to-steam/)


Marvelous AQL has a long list of titles they could bring to Steam like Luminous Arc 3,No More Heroes (http://www.siliconera.com/tag/no-more-heroes/), and Grand Knights History (http://www.siliconera.com/tag/grand-knights-history/). I asked Salazar what’s next for Marvelous AQL and Steam? Will we see original games made for PC? Ports of games that didn’t get localized?"At this point, we are considering our best options. The PC is a killer platform, Steam is a dynamite service, and as long as I’m here I’ll be championing both for our games, old or new. The best things you can do to see more games from us on Steam is pick up this game and let us know you are interested in others. I can’t give you any specific hints, but if the game sells reasonably well, I personally would like to see us doing something *grand* on the PC. I think others would too, but first I have to show my bosses it’s a lucrative platform."

Luminous Arc 1 and 2 are great turn based handheld games and I could see become popular on the PC (which seems to have a good audience for TBS).

Maybe Japanese Developers need to start putting some titles up on Steam Greenlight to see what interest is out there?

Edit: Steam Link
http://store.steampowered.com/app/214830

johnki
20-09-2012, 05:28 PM
The Steam version doesn't appear to be coming out for a week. Meanwhile, it's available (presumably...Neo Aquarium is) DRM-free from Playism right now.

EDIT: Nevermind. It's the Steam version, and for some reason it's "released" but I'm guessing it's a Steam code to redeem for it when it comes out on the 27th.

On another note, it looks fun as hell, though.

pakoito
20-09-2012, 05:56 PM
Everyone should be buying this, it's been stated (http://www.siliconera.com/2012/09/07/valve-contacted-japanese-developers-to-bring-their-games-to-steam/) that if the game does well they'll start porting a great huge batch of other XSEED rpgs, which are as good as Atlus' at best.

Rauten
20-09-2012, 05:57 PM
Saw a friend of mine play this on his 360 last month. Unless they royally screw up the port, I'm so grabbing this.

For those who want to know what the game is about (the standard game that is, no effin' idea about the extra modes):

There's this spell that can be cast in 30 seconds that can destroy the world. So you, the hero, must defeat the evil lord (of each stage, that is) that is trying to cast the spell, but how could you do it in mere 30 seconds?!

By making the clock go back! The goddess of time helps you if you pay at her altars, resetting the timer back to 30 seconds!

There is no real "combat" perse, you just find an enemy, your hero and the enemy meet up and start hitting each other automatically (you can speed it up at the cost of your health), and if you win, you get experience and money. Experience levels you up, and money buys help from the goddess, healing items and new gear.

But not all maps are as straightforward as "overpower" the evil lord, oh no. I saw a map where the counter was going down but there was no apparent dark lord, another one, where there were several possible dark lords and you had to find the right one, and a few other variations and twists and complications.

All in all, it was pretty damn awesome, and I want it.


Everyone should be buying this, it's been stated (can't citate now) that if the game does well they'll start porting a great huge batch of other XSEED rpgs, which are as good as Atlus' at best.

What!? Oh dear. But doesn't Xseed already have some games in Steam? Ys Origins and Felghana at least, and I seem to recall an XSeed community whathaveya saying at the Steam forums that the game did pretty well for them and will likely, in time, release some more.

pakoito
20-09-2012, 06:00 PM
I edited my previous post with a link


I can’t give you any specific hints, but if the game sells reasonably well, I personally would like to see us doing something *grand* on the PC. I think others would too, but first I have to show my bosses it’s a lucrative platform.


Marvelous AQL has a long list of titles they could bring to Steam like Luminous Arc 3, No More Heroes, and Grand Knights History.

Moraven
20-09-2012, 06:06 PM
I edited my previous post with a link

I link I have in my OP and quoted on the mention of them bringing more games. :P

But I guess nor specifically pointing out in my own words.

pakoito
20-09-2012, 06:08 PM
I never read ops ;P

Moraven
20-09-2012, 06:14 PM
What!? Oh dear. But doesn't Xseed already have some games in Steam? Ys Origins and Felghana at least, and I seem to recall an XSeed community whathaveya saying at the Steam forums that the game did pretty well for them and will likely, in time, release some more.


Its interesting MAQL is publishing this under their own name and not XSeed, their NA subsidiary (you can get to the game and steam link from XSeed's site). Wonder if it makes any difference to them or maybe they are trying to take a more direct approach with working with Valve and Steam.

TechnicalBen
20-09-2012, 09:53 PM
This sounds great. I actually had an idea for this kind of thing (Was "You have 60 seconds to save the world!"), and thought MCPixel was the first attempt at it. Wish I could program to actually pull of any of these ideas. :( Lol.

But that game looks a laugh.

Spacewalk
20-09-2012, 11:54 PM
Story of my life.

Moraven
27-09-2012, 03:07 PM
It is out today, pick it up. Worth it.

Rauten
27-09-2012, 03:13 PM
I'll personally wait until others bite the bullet and comment on the quality of the port. I'm not looking for MSAA, AF and all that stuff, I already know it won't be there, but I do expect proper rendering resolution, proper FPS (unless it's one of those games like Dark Souls where increasing the FPS count makes the game run like a Benny Hill show) and a decent performance.

If the port delivers at least that, instant freaking buy.

Nikas
27-09-2012, 03:50 PM
i was playing this on psp but it was to hard and annoying for me ;p

MrN
27-09-2012, 05:57 PM
I'll take it for a spin when it comes out. If it's anything like the Cladun X2 port, I suspect the controls will take some getting used to, but I'm willing to let that slide, as the whole premise of the game looks really neat. =)

pkt-zer0
27-09-2012, 06:59 PM
Hmm, no resolution options, apparently? That kinda sucks. Any INI files somewhere?

Ravelle
27-09-2012, 11:11 PM
I'll take it for a spin when it comes out. If it's anything like the Cladun X2 port, I suspect the controls will take some getting used to, but I'm willing to let that slide, as the whole premise of the game looks really neat. =)

They advise to play with an Xbox controller but they don't map to the correct buttons like most games do, C button is the A button etc. It works well enough though.

I've been enjoying it so far and it's a far better port than CladunX2.

icupnimpn2
28-09-2012, 05:48 AM
"See us doing something *grand*" they say, and this with a game called "Grand Knights History" in their catalog.

Is Grand Knights History worth getting excited about?

Mohorovicic
28-09-2012, 06:10 AM
if the game does well they'll start porting a great huge batch of other XSEED rpgs, which are as good as Atlus' at best.

Wow, as good as Atlus'? I heave never heard a less motivating recommendation

buemba
28-09-2012, 12:13 PM
Hmm, no resolution options, apparently? That kinda sucks. Any INI files somewhere?

It's a 2D game that was originally made for a 480 x 272 screen (And then badly redrawn and ported to a console that runs most games in 720p). Doubt they'd redo the entire game at a higher resolution for this release.

Plus, it's quite common for 2D game to have no or very limited resolution options.

pakoito
28-09-2012, 12:57 PM
Wow, as good as Atlus'? I heave never heard a less motivating recommendation

Disgaea is Atlus.

Rauten
28-09-2012, 02:03 PM
Disgaea is Atlus.

Wrong, Disgaea is Nippon Ichi (NIS).

pakoito
28-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Wrong, Disgaea is Nippon Ichi (NIS).

Published by Atlus. Developer is not important here, just publisher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xseed_Games

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Atlus_games

Mohorovicic
28-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Disgaea is Atlus.

Exactly.
10char

pakoito
28-09-2012, 02:40 PM
Exactly.
10char

http://gifs.gifbin.com/25yuswsw28295.gif

Moraven
28-09-2012, 02:42 PM
Published by Atlus. Developer is not important here, just publisher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xseed_Games

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Atlus_games

Funny how in that list that there is no mention of Disgaea.

Disgaea 1 was published in NA by Atlus.

Disgaea 2 and beyond was published by NIS in NA.

Rauten
28-09-2012, 02:46 PM
Published by Atlus. Developer is not important here, just publisher.


Funny how in that list that there is no mention of Disgaea.

Disgaea 1 was published in NA by Atlus.

Disgaea 2 and beyond was published by NIS in NA.


Bi-bi-bi-bi-bingo!

By the way, if you take a look at CladunX2 on Steam the publisher is NISA (Nippon Ichi Software America).

So yeah, Disgaea is NIS, not Atlus.

pakoito
28-09-2012, 02:55 PM
How did I miss it on Steam?

EDIT: 20€ and 4 lines description.

Rauten
28-09-2012, 02:56 PM
And it seems like it's a pretty godawful port that looks like pixelated hell.

pkt-zer0
28-09-2012, 04:44 PM
It's a 2D game that was originally made for a 480 x 272 screen (And then badly redrawn and ported to a console that runs most games in 720p). Doubt they'd redo the entire game at a higher resolution for this release.

Plus, it's quite common for 2D game to have no or very limited resolution options.
No need to redo it, just provide reasonable scaling/filtering options, so you don't end up with wobbly non-square pixelmesses (is there a proper name for this sort of artifacting?)

Ravelle
28-09-2012, 09:09 PM
And it seems like it's a pretty godawful port that looks like pixelated hell.

What game are you talking about here, mate?

Rauten
28-09-2012, 09:17 PM
What game are you talking about here, mate?

CladunX2.

/10char

Ravelle
29-09-2012, 12:00 AM
CladunX2.

/10char

Oh yeah but modern graphic change solves the pixelated as hell problem right?

pakoito
29-09-2012, 12:16 AM
Oh yeah but modern graphic change solves the pixelated as hell problem right?

I think it's the intended art style, not that the game looks pixelated. We're past that decade.

deano2099
01-10-2012, 12:40 PM
Had a couple of hours on this and it's fun, but seems quite repetitive, and not much of a challenge as yet. Getting some of the additional titles seems interesting but the basic progression seems very straightforward.

Mohorovicic
01-10-2012, 12:48 PM
The game literally has auto-combat. What did you expect?

deano2099
01-10-2012, 02:36 PM
The game literally has auto-combat. What did you expect?

Puzzles? Basically you speak to the people in each town, they tell you how to solve the problem, you do that. I figured they'd make it a bit more obtuse. I'm only about a third of the way in I guess, so I'd hope it gets more complicated, it's just ramping up very very slowly. There's definitely potential for game there though, obviously the challenge was never going to be in the combat, but then it wasn't in PS:T or Mirror's Edge either.