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May 30, 2014

Hi, my name is Wheels and I'm a Monster Hunter addict. My Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate play clock is now approaching one-hundred and thirty hours. Mind you this was sitting at sixty-eight or so hours not two months ago. Anyway, I'm also digging into Demon Gaze for review, which is an odd title, and playing Gods Eater Burst to do some research on Monster Hunter clones. Don't forget the last day for Final Fantasy Second Chance entries is tomorrow, May 31st!

Anyway, let's get to it.

- Michael "Wheels" Apps

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Kawazu Times

What's your least favourite thing about Kawazu? #mailbag

Wheels' Comment

Least favorite? I'm not sure I have a least favorite thing. I'd probably have to say Unlimited Saga though. We've discussed the value it does have if you're willing to take the time, but there's no doubt that game hurt the SaGa series. So that would have to be my least favorite thing, emphasizing that the word favorite is still being used here.

What's your most favourite things about me?

Wheels' Comment

Your promises of free beer the next time we meet at a convention!

Will the West ever get Final Fantasy Type-0?

Wheels' Comment

I seem to be failing with this kind of prediction of late so I'm just going to say no unless it's ported to the PS3/PS4 and vastly updated. The Final Fantasy name still holds weight in the West, so it seems odd to begin with that we didn't get a major entry like this. The game is not as good (in my opinion) as importers have made it out to be, so not quite worth the fuss. I'm sure more will find this out once the fan translation is released.

Is the fabled .HACK review about the original series (that the company now disowns) or the Rebirth series?

Wheels' Comment

It's for the first G.U. game which I quite enjoyed. I would like to go back and review the original series as well at some point. I've always liked the whole concept behind them. I'm hoping Sword Art Online can do something interesting with it as well.

Thoughts on PS Now?


Wheels' Comment

I find PS Now pretty insulting when it's described as a backward compatibility solution. The whole point of backward compatibility is to use something you already own, so I'm not sure how a new streaming service does that unless they're going to let me insert a disc for an old game and get free access. Not to mentioned the number of games available will take ages to match the massive PS1/PS2/PS3 catalogs.

Now on the other hand, as a service for games you don't have a physical copy of, I think it's a great idea to get access for more stuff without having to track down physical copies or suck up hard drive space. So I'm all for the service. Just stop telling me it's a backwards compatibility thing Sony.


What's your wish list for Falcom's next Ys title, and should that title be 8, or an Ys V remake?


Wheels' Comment

I'm not sure on this one. My gut tells me they should wait though, as I'd love to see an Ys VIII on PS4 if it takes off at all in Japan. It is hardware-wise close to their old bread and butter of PC games. So with that in mind, a remake of Ys V would be fantastic. The original is not highly regarded, so doesn't seem like a bad idea to give it a redo. As far as actual mechanics go, I'd love another party based game, but one that ditches the "rock-paper-scissors" approach and just makes each character a unique and interesting asset in battle. Also, just for you, I hope they bring back jumping.

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Wheels' Comment

There were a number of things I didn't like about Final Fantasy Type-0. It had the same awful world map that the story mode in the second Dissidia was plagued with. The combat was OK, but nothing as spectacular as I had been led to believe.There were some quite awful missions, especially some involving weird RGS segments on the world map. In general the game just felt like an attempt to apply Final Fantasy to a Monster Hunter/Phantasy Star Online type formula that didn't work all that well. That said, I will give it a second chance once the fan translation is released.

My favorite SMT game? That's a tough call. I don't think I've not enjoyed an entry except perhaps the first Persona on PSP, which somehow corrupted all the saves on my system. I'm going to have to say Persona 4 though. To me it's the best all around title Atlus has released so far. It's tough to make a game that engages so well for that length of time. I'm looking forward to seeing what else the series does in the future. It's a great time to be an SMT fan!

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