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The Wayfarer's Time Has Come: Growlanser IV Released! (Vita compatible!)

cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm RogueCoral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
edited September 2012 in Games and Technology
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After many years of effort, the waiting is finally over.

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Thanks, Atlus USA. Let's see if we can't make the miracle worth your time.

This is supposed to be a ridiculously immense RPG, and I could not be more excited.


If you didn't play the earlier games, well, now's the time to get educated!

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  • AspectVoidAspectVoid Registered User regular
    This was probably the best news I got yesterday. I stumbled across Growlanser Generations somewhere ages ago. I said to myself "Two SRPGs in one package? Never heard of Growlanser, but score!" And, in the end, Growlanser 2 became one of my all time favorite games. Now, hearing that we're getting Growlanser IV, I couldn't be happier.

  • MadpandaMadpanda Registered User regular
    Good to see more stuff getting localized, just wish it wasn't psp. I can play DS for hours, psp my hands start hurting after 30 minutes.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    If you have any interest in RPGs, owning a PSP is not even optional.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    Even though I know it's impossible because of how shitty the coding is, I'd still like the first game. That won't ever happen though. I'm really looking forward to this though. Maybe I'll try to finish up all my Growlanser 2 endings and then move on to 3 before this comes out. I think my PS2 can still read blue discs....

  • The AnonymousThe Anonymous Uh, uh, uhhhhhh... Uh, uh.Registered User regular
    Gilder wrote:
    Even though I know it's impossible because of how shitty the coding is, I'd still like the first game. That won't ever happen though. I'm really looking forward to this though. Maybe I'll try to finish up all my Growlanser 2 endings and then move on to 3 before this comes out. I think my PS2 can still read blue discs....
    There's always hope for a fan translation, but yeah, it's no wonder nobody's succeeded yet.

    Actually, I think there was a guy who made some early progress on the game a while back, but has fallen off the radar since.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    My group's expressed interest in taking on Growlanser, if no one beats us to it.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    What exactly is the problem with the coding again? I've forgotten. Is it just so sloppy that modifying it at all causes the game to crash, and it's just too much work to translate it and change the code?

  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    Who knows. The bottom line is they decided it was not worth the effort.

    But I promise you it can be done.

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  • Gaming-FreakGaming-Freak Registered User regular
    I'll admit I played a little bit of Growlanser: Heritage of War, but at the time it wasn't my cup of tea. If I ever get a PS2 again, however, I want to give it another shot, or at least Generations, for both 2 and 3.

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  • vagrant_windsvagrant_winds is pumped-up. Registered User regular
    cj iwakura wrote:
    Who knows. The bottom line is they decided it was not worth the effort.

    But I promise you it can be done.

    Anything can be done, but yeah, coding can be a "not worth it" barrier.
    At least this generation we see more companies coding in consideration for other languages.

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  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    I'll admit I played a little bit of Growlanser: Heritage of War, but at the time it wasn't my cup of tea. If I ever get a PS2 again, however, I want to give it another shot, or at least Generations, for both 2 and 3.

    For what it's worth, Heritage of War is by a ridiculous margin the worst title in the series

    cj holds steady on his opinion that it is still not a bad game, if I remember correctly, but I thought it was pretty repellent

    Growlanser 2 and 3 are both so good though

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  • AspectVoidAspectVoid Registered User regular
    Maddoc wrote:
    I'll admit I played a little bit of Growlanser: Heritage of War, but at the time it wasn't my cup of tea. If I ever get a PS2 again, however, I want to give it another shot, or at least Generations, for both 2 and 3.

    For what it's worth, Heritage of War is by a ridiculous margin the worst title in the series

    cj holds steady on his opinion that it is still not a bad game, if I remember correctly, but I thought it was pretty repellent

    Growlanser 2 and 3 are both so good though

    I made fun of Heritage in the Atlus thread, but the truth is I don't think it was the worst game ever, just that it was a very...meh. I don't think there was really anything bad about it, but there was nothing good or great about it either.

    Personally, I think Growlanser 2 is great and Growlanser 3 is good. You should definitely buy Generations and play through them. You should be able to find it used for $25 or so, which is a good deal for two good RPGs.

  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    It's not the worst game ever

    But it is in my opinion a bad game, and definitely the worst Growlanser game

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Yeah, no one would argue against V being the worst.

    It has its charms, though. Namely Sherris and Randall.

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  • MaouMaou Registered User regular

    Played and beated this game years ago on PS2.
    Personally i find it the best in the series system and storywise.

  • JurgJurg In a TeacupRegistered User regular
    Throw me in the "Heritage was meh" camp. That game was just all over the place. The worst part of it all, though, is that in the opening chapters Screapers are legitimately frightening because they are very powerful. Then, the main character's ability turns them into wimps. Way to ruin the sense of tension!

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  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    This news kind of makes me want to go back and play 2 and 3 again to get in the groove.

    I still haven't done Wolfgang mode in 2 yet, so I guess I could do that.

    The main factor stopping me, aside from having roughly a billion unfinished games to play, is that I don't have an SDTV on hand and PS2 games kind of look like ass on an HDTV even with composite cables.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    I tried to get it and failed. It's pretty difficult, but not as tough as dating Charlone.

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  • EspantaPajaroEspantaPajaro Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I really enjoyed 2 and 3 . 2 more then 3 but I dont have a psp =/ Guess im digging out generations and playing them again

    Edit- I really enjoyed twos pseudo tactical rpg gameplay , never played a game that did that again and I always wondered why. I thought it was a great system.

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  • FrozenzenFrozenzen Registered User regular
    Growlanser 2 remains one of my favorite srpgs, even though I for some reason spent more time on 3. Lacking a PSP seems to be a big mistake these days with all the cool titles it's getting.

    Is the PSP region locked, and are most of these fancy quirky RPG games hard to get hold off these days?

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    It's region free, and not really.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    cj iwakura wrote:
    I tried to get it and failed. It's pretty difficult, but not as tough as dating Charlone.

    Dating Charlone was just stupid bullshit, because some runs it was literally impossible to get her. If you answered the starting questions in certain ways you couldn't get her. I remember that after I got her and was going for someone else I tried raising her friendship at the same time just for fun, and that bar started in the black and did not want to move. I think I was able to raise both of them without negatively affecting the other very much, and by the time I got the girl I actually wanted Charlone had moved up like 3 notches out of the black.

  • AspectVoidAspectVoid Registered User regular
    Gilder wrote:
    cj iwakura wrote:
    I tried to get it and failed. It's pretty difficult, but not as tough as dating Charlone.

    Dating Charlone was just stupid bullshit, because some runs it was literally impossible to get her. If you answered the starting questions in certain ways you couldn't get her. I remember that after I got her and was going for someone else I tried raising her friendship at the same time just for fun, and that bar started in the black and did not want to move. I think I was able to raise both of them without negatively affecting the other very much, and by the time I got the girl I actually wanted Charlone had moved up like 3 notches out of the black.

    You know, I did not know that. I thought the only requirement for Charlone's ending was making sure that she became a Unicorn Knight. That wasn't too difficult to do, you simply needed to constantly press on and head straight for the capital with minimum detours (I think you have enough time for three additional moves beyond the number it takes to reach the capital) after she learns of the Unicorn Tryouts.

    I did not know that the starting questions could effect it. Huh, guess I just tend to have answers that she liked.

  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    AspectVoid wrote:
    Gilder wrote:
    cj iwakura wrote:
    I tried to get it and failed. It's pretty difficult, but not as tough as dating Charlone.

    Dating Charlone was just stupid bullshit, because some runs it was literally impossible to get her. If you answered the starting questions in certain ways you couldn't get her. I remember that after I got her and was going for someone else I tried raising her friendship at the same time just for fun, and that bar started in the black and did not want to move. I think I was able to raise both of them without negatively affecting the other very much, and by the time I got the girl I actually wanted Charlone had moved up like 3 notches out of the black.

    You know, I did not know that. I thought the only requirement for Charlone's ending was making sure that she became a Unicorn Knight. That wasn't too difficult to do, you simply needed to constantly press on and head straight for the capital with minimum detours (I think you have enough time for three additional moves beyond the number it takes to reach the capital) after she learns of the Unicorn Tryouts.

    I did not know that the starting questions could effect it. Huh, guess I just tend to have answers that she liked.

    Looking at a guide I can't see any combination of questions that lowers friendship so I might be wrong on that. I already knew how to play the game and what do for Charlone though, so it was so strange that her friendship wouldn't increase. Maybe something else determined it, like a question I purposefully answered differently but I can't remember what it was. I just know it got to a point of impossibility for me. Maybe I got a glitch.

  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    So I started playing Growlanser 2 again for the other endings because I picked up a new slim to replace my fat (I got it from the gamestop price drop on new slims) so I felt like testing its ability to read CDs, and for the first time I'm doing Wolfgang's path. My save from '07 that I started from was working on that so I picked up the slack. I love how Hans just doesn't give a fuck with that path.
    Spoiler:

    I have one question that I'd like confirmation on though, even if I know the answer. There's no way to cheat the endings is there? I really can't remember if there is, but I don't think there is one. I think it saves endings to your file and not the system data or whatever that it loads on boot-up.

  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    Right, it's to each file. You have to do NG+ from the clear data.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Ugggggh, I knew it. Plus the Wolfgang path unlocks the sound test and I have to do the Max path for his ending as well. I already got the 3 girls, but that means I still have around 7 runs left. Fuuuuuck. I probably don't need to get Brett or the dog though.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    You can breeze through the game pretty quick with the NG+ gems, especially if you skip plot plot plot.

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  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    You can, but only if you don't care about being evenly levelled, which is bad because your defense will suck. If you don't care though you can just have Hans beat the entire game for you. Infinite range, cycle up, attack up, you win. That's probably the way I should go for the other characters honestly.

  • AspectVoidAspectVoid Registered User regular
    Gilder wrote:
    You can, but only if you don't care about being evenly levelled, which is bad because your defense will suck. If you don't care though you can just have Hans beat the entire game for you. Infinite range, cycle up, attack up, you win. That's probably the way I should go for the other characters honestly.

    Actually, if you want to make it even easier, there's a cheat that will give you all rings, gems, and max money. Then everyone can slaughter everything without you having to try hard. I can't recall what it is, though. It was more complicated than the Konami Code, so I didn't memorize it.

  • GilderGilder Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    That's too cheaty though. I like to cheat based on my own actions from prior runs. Also
    Spoiler:

    Edit: Realized this is actually a little bit of a spoiler and some people might play these games now in preparation for 4 (like I am), so I tagged it. I will also say nobody spoil 3 for me. I'm getting to it at some point I swear. Just 6 more characters or whatever to go.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    I'm replaying 3 as well, but it just doesn't grab me like 2 did. Does have some great music though.

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  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    3 is better in a lot of ways, but I really love the cast of 2

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    Interesting info from Victor Ireland for those of you who didn't play II or III and want it on PSN:
    Still trying. Sony is not the problem. We can't get the okay on the re-license for PSN from Atlus Japan. But we haven't given up yet.

    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=35338719&postcount=201

    Sucks, but let's hope Index lighten up a bit.

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  • BursarBursar 16 tons of #9 coleslaw Registered User regular
    Ahaha.

    Spoiler:
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  • Mostlyjoe13Mostlyjoe13 Thanks Gort! The Dream RealmRegistered User regular
    Hope this works on the Vita day 1, but cause you know...can't have to many RPGs and I have 32 gigs to fill up, eventually.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    Bursar wrote:
    Ahaha.

    How should I take this? That Victor's insane? That Atlus are?

    ...that everyone is?

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  • BursarBursar 16 tons of #9 coleslaw Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    cj iwakura wrote:
    Bursar wrote:
    Ahaha.

    How should I take this? That Victor's insane? That Atlus are?

    ...that everyone is?

    I've only heard this stuff second-to-thirdhand, so I'm not going to repeat it. Let's just throw it in Column C.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Since Atlus USA is thankfully marketing the game somewhat:



    I highly doubt it, but I'll ask point blank: will it be subbed in game? You've got time!



    I like that one more, musically, but both songs are great.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    Well, I took up the mantle(thanks to help from cckerberos).



    I imagine if the game version does get subs, it'll make us look like amateurs. Ah well.

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