Diary of an RPGamer - 2011-11-18: Atelier Totori

Really got stuck into Atelier Totori overnight after not really giving it the attention it deserved (too many games half-played). Finding it more compelling than Rorona so far; I much prefer the focus on exploring the world along with the item creation. There is certainly a feeling of freedom that I think was sometimes missing with the previous game - you can generally maintain whatever balance between item creation, exploration and fighting monsters that you prefer.

Many of the supporting characters do a good job of adding some life to the game as well; Mimi, Cordelia, Ceci, Melvia and Sterk in particular are well voiced, well written and interesting and/or funny, as the situation requires. Switching party members often leads to some enjoyable dialogue between the characters, especially if it's the first time they've been used in combination or something significant has recently occurred.

On a related topic, NISA recently announced that the follow up title, Atelier Meruru, will be released in 2012 during the (Northern Hemisphere) Spring.


Chrono Cross coming to PSN next week

The classic PlayStation RPG Chrono Cross will be released on the US PlayStation Store on November 8th. The follow up to the Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross was originally released in 2000.

Also coming to PSN this month (on the 22nd) is the PS1 port of Final Fantasy 5.


Doom 3 source ready to be released: Carmack

After announcing at QuakeCon earlier this year that Doom 3's code would be released, John Carmack announced on Twitter that a release was almost here:
"doom 3 source is packaged and tested, we are waiting on final lawyer clearance for release."
I can't wait to see what the community winds up producing following the release - there have been many, many wonderful projects based around the earlier release of the Doom and Wolfenstein 3D source so hopefully there are some interesting things to come.


Diary of an RPGamer - 2011-11-01

Flitting between titles at the moment:

  • Started Atelier Totori; has quite a few improvements in the interface over Atelier Rorona, graphics are a bit nicer too.
  • Found Final Fantasy XIII for $25 (new) in a bargain bin over the weekend, so giving that another crack. Liking it a little more this time around but we shall see...
  • Got Finnel's Good Ending in Ar Tonelico Qoga, moving onto the true ending (also for Finnel). Not sure if I'll have a crack at getting Saki's, Tyria's or Cocona's.
  • Had the briefest of brief goes at Disgaea 4; probably going to finish up with one or two of the other games I'm playing before giving it a serious look.