Zero Punctuation: I Am Setsuna

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I Am Setsuna

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews I Am Setsuna.

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Soooo....its Tales of Symphonia with no relatable characters, no real interesting plot moments and worse combat.
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Hmmm, maybe not then. Funny review though, kinda what I expected when I saw a JRPG's name.

Ahhh yes, my old nemesis: Dennis. I always have trouble with that boss fight!

Bravely Default is probably the best example of a classic style JRPG we've gotten in recent years, although it may not qualify as a classic style JRPG as the combat and class system actually made sense.

Setsuna is not the protagonist. She is, though, a protagonist.

09philj:
Bravely Default is probably the best example of a classic style JRPG we've gotten in recent years, although it may not qualify as a classic style JRPG as the combat and class system actually made sense.

What about Kemco and their numerous JRPGs released within the past few years? How good are those games?

Transdude1996:

09philj:
Bravely Default is probably the best example of a classic style JRPG we've gotten in recent years, although it may not qualify as a classic style JRPG as the combat and class system actually made sense.

What about Kemco and their numerous JRPGs released within the past few years? How good are those games?

Not played any of them yet.

I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist? And aren't there minority's that deserve a tag more?

Anyway, from the game play I saw in Jim's vid, it looked alright, kinda, but I definitely noticed the dialogue isn't anything special. Probably not going to bother with it.

I love Yahtzee's reviews, but this is my first mid-year drought of AAA releases, so seeing him reviewing games that I have no interest or knowledge of kinda kills the replayability of the video for me, which is sad because I regularly re-watch his reviews from past years and they still hold up even if the games are forgotten. Hopefully in October Yahtzee's review of "that one game" should really spice things up

Nazulu:
I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist?

To get the attention of losers who play games one-handed, and the deviantart types who then provide the aforementioned with extra wank material.

Bit surprised he didn't review Carmageddon Max Damage. But he would probably lynch it anyway.

I keep reading the title as "I Am Satsuma" ...a crappier breed of orange. Which is kindof apt for this game, as Satsumas are smaller, pithier, drier, looser...all round generally just a cheap knock-off orange. It's also coincidentally a regular family Christmas addition, making me wonder if this game should really be called "I Am A Satsuma: But I dream to be an orange"
Oh damn, Am hungry now. 😕

Nazulu:
I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist? And aren't there minority's that deserve a tag more?

Anyway, from the game play I saw in Jim's vid, it looked alright, kinda, but I definitely noticed the dialogue isn't anything special. Probably not going to bother with it.

Yes. I could get behind an "intelligent" or even "competent" protagonist tag myself. Quite the minority in general.

Noyemi-K:

Nazulu:
I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist?

To get the attention of losers who play games one-handed, and the deviantart types who then provide the aforementioned with extra wank material.

Underground porn business, gotcha! ;-)

It does make a little more sense now surprisingly.

Sotanaht:

Nazulu:
I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist? And aren't there minority's that deserve a tag more?

Anyway, from the game play I saw in Jim's vid, it looked alright, kinda, but I definitely noticed the dialogue isn't anything special. Probably not going to bother with it.

Yes. I could get behind an "intelligent" or even "competent" protagonist tag myself. Quite the minority in general.

I wish. Unfortunately, it's obvious that most choices the masses will list would become debatable. We would need something more specific for that work, but what?

Noyemi-K:

Nazulu:
I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist?

To get the attention of losers who play games one-handed, and the deviantart types who then provide the aforementioned with extra wank material.

Now that's what I call speaking from the experience. Useful, informative, immediately usable. Nice.

Well, I don't want to play I Am Setsuna but this did make me want to play Chrono Trigger again.

Nazulu:
I always had an issue with that 'female protagonist' tag. Why does that even exist? And aren't there minority's that deserve a tag more?

Anyway, from the game play I saw in Jim's vid, it looked alright, kinda, but I definitely noticed the dialogue isn't anything special. Probably not going to bother with it.

I've got no issue with the tag, and i'm sure there are other tags for minority protagonists on Steam.

Igor-Rowan:
I love Yahtzee's reviews, but this is my first mid-year drought of AAA releases, so seeing him reviewing games that I have no interest or knowledge of kinda kills the replayability of the video for me, which is sad because I regularly re-watch his reviews from past years and they still hold up even if the games are forgotten. Hopefully in October Yahtzee's review of "that one game" should really spice things up

What game are you referring to?

I found this review funny because I truly could not care less about RPGs. I 100% agree with Yahtzee that the biggest problem is that they keep game-play and story seperate with a wrought iron-fence. When I feel like i'm getting a better experience with games like the FF and Xenoblade series by watching the cutscenes on Youtube rather then actually suffering through another tedious grind fest, then something is very wrong with your game design IMO.

darkrage6:
What game are you referring to?

There's a lot of big games coming out in October. But it's probably Battlefield 1 or Titanfall 2.

darkrage6:
What game are you referring to?

The only one I am 100% sure is going to generate a fun reaction with our stick figure friend, Paper Mario: Color Splash - a game in a series that has been replaced meat of the story with pretty graphics and minor tweaks on gameplay, basically the bell that Yahtzee has been banging his head on in the last decade. It's going to be really special, considering Yahtzee introduced a list of blandest games so he could finally put Mario games on his lists, it's the last official Wii U exclusive game, a console Yahtzee hates, and it's being released in the same year as another Mario RPG game Yahtzee didn't like: Paper Jam. So be sure to grab your pop corn in October.

Igor-Rowan:

darkrage6:
What game are you referring to?

The only one I am 100% sure is going to generate a fun reaction with our stick figure friend, Paper Mario: Color Splash - a game in a series that has been replaced meat of the story with pretty graphics and minor tweaks on gameplay, basically the bell that Yahtzee has been banging his head on in the last decade. It's going to be really special, considering Yahtzee introduced a list of blandest games so he could finally put Mario games on his lists, it's the last official Wii U exclusive game, a console Yahtzee hates, and it's being released in the same year as another Mario RPG game Yahtzee didn't like: Paper Jam. So be sure to grab your pop corn in October.

Cripes. When your Mario sub-franchise is putting out more games in the same year than Call of Duty, you know you done fucked up, Nintendo.

Seriously? It's that bad? Awww.

I was totally expecting the protagonist to be Setsuna as a pack of warriors from your village basically escort/threaten you all the way to the end at which point you can choose to follow through with the whole thing, or just sod off.

I was expecting pretty decently balanced combat, and a great story, and apparently all of that is for naught.

...Well fine. Less money spent, I guess. Time to get back to making my own RPGs which by the accounts of this review are actually better somehow. XD

Steve the Pocket:
Cripes. When your Mario sub-franchise is putting out more games in the same year than Call of Duty, you know you done fucked up, Nintendo.

Nah, it's just that Yahtzee reviewed Paper Jam in 2016, but it released in the end of 2015 worldwide, and Color Splash is set to release in October of this year, kinda the reverse scenario of 3 years ago, Sticker Star released at the end of 2012, was Yahtzee's first review of the following year and Dream Team released August of 2013. They are made by different developers, Paper Mario by Intelligent Systems and Mario & Luigi by Alpha Dream, so they can't control when a game is ready. So no, Mario is not as bad as call of duty.

Igor-Rowan:

darkrage6:
What game are you referring to?

The only one I am 100% sure is going to generate a fun reaction with our stick figure friend, Paper Mario: Color Splash - a game in a series that has been replaced meat of the story with pretty graphics and minor tweaks on gameplay, basically the bell that Yahtzee has been banging his head on in the last decade. It's going to be really special, considering Yahtzee introduced a list of blandest games so he could finally put Mario games on his lists, it's the last official Wii U exclusive game, a console Yahtzee hates, and it's being released in the same year as another Mario RPG game Yahtzee didn't like: Paper Jam. So be sure to grab your pop corn in October.

Oh hell yes, I loved his Super Mario Maker review(why people were willing to pay 60 bucks for a fucking level editor is beyond me, Mario truly has run out of Steam).

Igor-Rowan:

Steve the Pocket:
Cripes. When your Mario sub-franchise is putting out more games in the same year than Call of Duty, you know you done fucked up, Nintendo.

Nah, it's just that Yahtzee reviewed Paper Jam in 2016, but it released in the end of 2015 worldwide, and Color Splash is set to release in October of this year, kinda the reverse scenario of 3 years ago, Sticker Star released at the end of 2012, was Yahtzee's first review of the following year and Dream Team released August of 2013. They are made by different developers, Paper Mario by Intelligent Systems and Mario & Luigi by Alpha Dream, so they can't control when a game is ready. So no, Mario is not as bad as call of duty.

COD is still fun to play though, Mario isn't and hasn't been fun for me for a long time now.

Sounds a lot more like Tales of Symphonia than Chrono Trigger.

It's a given nowadays whenever Square releases a game that's NOT Final Fantasy (we're all on the hate-bus for that unless it's an MMO) that it's an artistic masterpiece. Square has the monopoly on classic JRPGs while Atlas contends for the modernized JRPG with Persona.

So all Square needs to do is retread the basic outline of games made for 20 years now, ala Bravely Default, and all the JRPG lovers join hands and dance for joy.

I'm sure the game is decent, but as this review shows they could have taken that extra step to actually make it memorable. In a good way.

So they tried to be Chrono Trigger, but only managed to be Chrono Cross. Poor bastards.

Sounds like a complete and utter rip off of Tales of Symphonia....

at least the first part of the first disc.

I've played a bit of the game and it's alright so far but I hear the ending is quite poor.

aegix drakan:
Seriously? It's that bad? Awww.

I was totally expecting the protagonist to be Setsuna as a pack of warriors from your village basically escort/threaten you all the way to the end at which point you can choose to follow through with the whole thing, or just sod off.

I was expecting pretty decently balanced combat, and a great story, and apparently all of that is for naught.

...Well fine. Less money spent, I guess. Time to get back to making my own RPGs which by the accounts of this review are actually better somehow. XD

No, it's not bad at all. I'm enjoying it - and the soundtrack - quite a bit! It's a very peaceful game.

Xsjadoblayde:
I keep reading the title as "I Am Satsuma" ...a crappier breed of orange. Which is kindof apt for this game, as Satsumas are smaller, pithier, drier, looser...all round generally just a cheap knock-off orange. It's also coincidentally a regular family Christmas addition, making me wonder if this game should really be called "I Am A Satsuma: But I dream to be an orange"
Oh damn, Am hungry now. 😕

You know mandarins are the original orange, right? Modern oranges were created by cross breeding mandarins with pomelos to create a new fruit.

-Dragmire-:
I've played a bit of the game and it's alright so far but I hear the ending is quite poor.

Maybe FF10's wallet didn't have that much cash in it.

I watched a few trailers of this, they stated it was inspired by Chrono Trigger, but I thought the only at all that looked like that game was the battle system... All I can say is, "called it".

Maybe it's the cynic in me, but when a game is inspired by a game I loved, I am immediately wary of it's statements. My thought was I could just play Chrono Trigger if I wanted something inspired by that game. But then again.. there is no time travel mechanic in this, so how in the fuck is it legitimately inspired by CT?

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