Weekend Confirmed 127 - Darksiders 2, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Madden NFL 13

By Jeff Mattas, Aug 24, 2012 11:00am PDT

Back in the studio this week, Garnett and crew are back to deliver another game-packed episode of Weekend Confirmed. Jeff "2N1T" Cannata, "Indie" Jeff Mattas, and returning 'confirmer' Mike Schramm bring some more Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, and Papo & Yo love. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dust: An Elysian Tail, Puzzle Craft, and Madden NFL 13 get some well-deserved time in the spotlight, before the show gets whacked with a big bag of Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 127: 08/24/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:31 – 00:28:04

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:39 – 00:55:07

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:55:50 – 01:26:19

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:27:12 – 01:59:58

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  • The problem I've had with JRPGs in recent years is how convoluted they've become in both story and mechanics. I take one look at Final Fantasy XIII and I'm immediately turned off by all the numbers, menus and confusing crap going on. I know I could learn the system if I start from the beginning but I don't want to take 20 hours to get comfortable with it. Throw in a plot that requires a damn in-game encyclopedia of terms and you've totally lost me.

    I stuck with Final Fantasy XIII for a mere few hours. Very sad for a game that spent so much time and money in development.

    On the flip side, I played Dragon Quest IX for over 300 hours. Now there's a game that stuck to its simplistic roots but has an insane amount of depth. You can play through the main story and never mess with the job system, alchemy, grottos, multiplayer or super high level classic bosses. Unless you want to. The story might not be anything dramatic or original but it doesn't take an anime aficionado to understand what's going on.

    In my opinion, JRPGs have fallen into the same trap that 2D fighters have. They've become too complex and intimidating to all but the most hardcore players and have declined in popularity as a result. I can still pick up and play Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger the same way I can pick up Street Fighter II but not any modern fighters.

    It's a shame Dragon Quest doesn't have the same level of popularity in the states because perhaps it's the JRPG a lot of people are looking for.