So, I intended to say nothing on the forums as there's this weird divide between NA players and JP players that know what should be there. It really makes me cautious to say anything as I'd prefer not to suddenly be potentially blasted for what amounts to my own personal opinion. Certainly there are a ton of angry players, both NA and former JP and I too am one of them, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. I don't doubt this will be taken the wrong way by some and I am at peace with that. Opinions clash and so do egos, but I urge you all to stop and think a bit before viciously attacking each other over opinions with all this. No I don't mean that everyone attacks each other, but there's a worrying vocal amount on both sides that seem to only fan the flames of dissent between the two perceived sides.
On one side, we have the folks who've been playing the JP version and thus feel the missing content very strongly. There is nothing wrong with being discontent with this. If, for example, you were given a sandwich in one store, but was advertised the exact same thing elsewhere but without the things you recall in them once you get it, you'd be upset no matter who you were. The same is for the JP players. Now, if for example they simply just add in each set of missing content per episode? That's fine. But there's still other issues here to be discussed. For one, and I know these are controversial subjects to some, but I'm honestly going to speak out about it anyhow. Height. Being artificially limited on how small you can make your character is, in my opinion, disgusting. I know that in the US currently there's a rather strange movement over fictional children and their 'abuse', but we forget that they are just that, fictional. AKA, not real. Second is that this is, in my eyes also discriminatory as there are indeed many of us who are extremely short or small in stature. It's as if saying "Oh because we want to look good for the masses, you can't make certain sizes because all people are above this height." I understand many of you may turn your nose up at underage characters in game as players, but even the game handles this better than NA with Klariskrays herself and a certain dark falz. Even knowing her story shows you can do things maturely and still have zero issue. I personally find it distasteful that certain things were stealth removed or simply restricted because they don't want to come under fire. Honestly? Far, far too late for that. If I continued just speaking of changes made to make the game better we'd be here all night, so I'll point out a fact that many don't want to look at instead. The content rating.
PSO2 in JP has a Cero rating of D. Which means it's meant to handle mature issues, themes, and appearances since at minimum 17 year olds should be the ones consuming said product. This means that showing non gratuitous nudity or limited nudity is allowed as the ones playing are expected to be mature enough to handle such things without batting an eyelash at obvious fictional situations. PSO2 in NA has a ESRB rating of M (Reduced to T from what I've read to keep things 'family friendly') and yet even being reduced to T, I hope those translating the game realize what exactly is coming up in Ep 4 and beyond. Probably don't care, but that's neither here nor there. Point is, I know I'm gonna get many "Don't like it? Go play JP then!" responses. It's bad enough being an extremely short woman and being mistaken as a child by condescending adults who you're older than. Yes, this bullshit can happen as I've lived it all my life. So being a former JP player and now seeing this artificially made impossible because no tiny people exist is honestly sad. Now.. enough on that tirade. Point is, regardless of how many of you puff up your chests and act like you're a paragon of virtue? We're all perverted on some level so pointing fingers gets us nowhere.
Now from the NA side, I can get why many of you would be annoyed at all the bitching from JP players. For you? Everything is fresh and new and exciting! But because you never experienced what was, of course you wouldn't care too much about such missing content. This is not a bad thing either. If you're fine with the missing things? That's honestly ok! Others may not like it, but that's your opinion and right to like what you want. I've personally been playing the JP version since June of 2013 and hoo boy, back them translating the game before arks-layer's tweaker was a nightmare. I remember that first feeling of teleporting down to the planet and looking around in wonder, fighting off rockbears and killing it before you realized it was a capture mission. Some things never change. But I honestly wish I could get that feeling back with the NA version to the level of then. If I recall, the level cap back then was 30 and we were still using OT version weaponry. Either way, when the NA version started up, it made this old gal's heart leap just like it did back then as I could read it in my native tongue without tripping over mentally translating on the fly from knowing multiple languages. So for all of you first experiencing PSO2's story so far? I can't imagine what you must feel. Some are jaded for sure. Maybe you don't like JP storytelling, maybe you just were here for ballbusting content that really isn't available yet. For those that enjoyed it, I hope that you're eagerly looking forward to each and every new episode as holy hell does the plot go places!
Now, I'm gonna just commend many of you who are new players for keeping a level and impartial head. I know it's very hard sometimes seeing JP players complaining about what's missing and NA players complaining about the JP players... but we all are united under one thing and that's the tie that binds. We love this game. Our passion need not be the same. Or rather it should not be the same. We all love and get something different out of the game and that's okay! Enjoy it how you want but just don't bash on someone else's fun as long as they're doing it without directly harming another. And I don't mean emotionally. We're gonna get our feelings hurt so we just gotta deal with that. But if the person is blatantly making life difficult for someone? Then yes, we can't have that at all. We need no divides between us as people. If you played the JP version or not, we waited 8 long years for this to hit our shores. While granted, it is nowhere near perfection and honestly even I'm rubbed the wrong way with it, this does not diminish my love for this game. I just simply cannot support it monetarily until I see if various practices worsen or change for the better. Now since I know most of you won't read all of this or cherry pick your way through it to argue with me, I'll again state that these are my own opinions. I'm not saying I speak for either side of the community and honestly I'm currently not playing until the next episode to confirm a few things, but I hope it's food for thought for some. We've too much happening to be at each other's throats. Let's try to calmly talk through issues and not fling insults, names and derogatory titles. We're better than that, right?