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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:03:22 PM »
Early 2:30hr impressions

The good:
-its the battle system that FF15 should have had, though it should be a bit harder
-graphics are tremendous
-british VA just works in JRPGs, I dunno why (they are very good?)
-I like how they did the open world

the meh
-music is OK, I'm starting to become lukewarm to RPG soundtracks with just orchestral music. the tracks don't seem to match emotion you are supposed to feel on some scenes.
-story so far

the bad
-waaaaaayyyy too many scenes where there should be voice acting and there is none. You know when the the whole one character says "yes" and then you see the text crawl at the bottom. This is low budget stuff that I can tolerate on say a PSP title. But come on, this is a "AAA" RPG and not even the Tales games do this anymore. 

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:48:01 AM »
Trails of Cold Steel

I wonder if my wife will be opposed to me marrying this game?

I've explored the schoolhouse down to the 5th level and fought the Freeze You Constantly Dragon.  Gave me my first party wipe.  Went back in and changed nothing but my strategy and won with only the loss of Gaius.  Poor Gaius, I was really enjoying having him as my #1.  With his 4 ARCUS lines he was incredibly effective at putting all kinds of fun status effects on enemies.  But to the bench he goes, leaving Alisa as my new #1.  I've changed Gaius' master quartz from Falco to Raven to give him more speed and really focus on getting those debuffs out quickly.  However, that will definitely impact his Evasion.  I honestly haven't been using Insight the way I probably should.  Heck, even the Freeze You Constantly Dragon was wasting turn after turn going after Gaius on my second attempt, and I wasn't even thinking about the EVA boost Insight gives as being the reason Gaius was dodging so well.  I'm bad at this game.

My current Alisa build is ATS/HP based.  I'm wondering if I should try to make her more of a healer, though?  She's still using her Angel MQ, which is why I am focusing on her HP.  But for healing she only has Teara and Thelas, for now.  Wondering if I should try giving her Holy Breath or something to go with it.  She has plenty of great offensive Arts, though.  With her Red/Red/Gold quartz requirements it makes diversifying her a bit difficult.  Any advice?

Alisa is less of a healer and more of a revival specialist. If I remember correctly she also has the best CP restorer ability.  Her offensive arts are good from what I remember but took a crazy long time to get off.

I used Gaius early a lot in CS1 but not too much after that. I gave fie his MQ and turned her into a speed/evasion tank.  I suppose if you wanted to you could give him rean's or laura's MQ and turn him into a slightly faster Laura (damage would be lessened as a trade off for a better ability to take a hit and speed/evasion).

Fie is great out in the field, arguably the best character against multiple opponents in random battles. She can occasionally make a tough boss easy if you could seperate her from the party and draw the monster's attn. If she does get hit tho she's pretty much toast, her damage is kind of weak-avg and her debuffs/status effects rarely work on tough bosses.

New girl you mentioned in spoilers is a decent defensive player but OMG slow.

some peoples who are a better CS player than I can supposedly make Emma the strongest player in the game. However for me she'd always get hit with a status effect, take 1-2 hits and die. Her special and some spells are crazy powerful tho. I think there is a build where you can concentrate on say 1 (maybe 2) color spells (black?), use orbs to decrease the casting time and give her anti-status effect equip/orbs.

The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:35:38 PM »
Zelda theme (every important note off pitch)

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:39:46 PM »
Rean is a mixed bag for me. I like that he's a protagonist who actually acts like a leader. In most JRPGs the protagonist is the group leader because people look at him, recognise that he is the protagonist, and humbly bow before his glory. Rean at least starts taking charge, tries to problem solve, and generally maintains order within the group. His social standing also puts him in a good spot to mediate for everyone. His rise to the central figure of Class VII feels, to me, earned. On the other hand... (CS1 spoilers)

Spoiler: show
He's a super saiyan with a giant robot who constantly has girls (including his own adopted sister) fawning over him, but he's too dense to notice.

I don't dislike Rean at all. Despite all the shonen-boy traits, they do enough with him to make him feel like his own character. Yet I feel I would like him better if they did a little more with (or used a few less of) the generic anime tropes.

Also, call me a hipster, but I actually find the 3D style they went with charming. When I turned the voices off because I didn't enjoy the dub, I discovered that it makes little beep sounds as text scrolls, akin to Dragon Quest. That feature, coupled with the visuals, made me feel very much like I was playing a PS2 game, but rather than find it dated, I found it extremely charming. Even now that I could theoretically grab the Japanese voices, just hearing voiced lines is so wrong to me. Sure the animations are rough (Cold Steel 2 touched them up a bit), but all-in-all I feel the PS2-era visuals have as much a charm to them as the older ones, albeit in a different way.

I loved the dub and this its a lot better than the Japanese voices. It also helped that the VAs had an excellent translation to work with.

Other than the dungeons the graphics and art are excellent.

I imagine its hard to do a 3rd person protag, have some sembelance of player choice and they pulled it off w/ Rean. Maybe he doesn't have much any depth as a character but he's likable, mostly free of angst and/or raeg and comes off as a capable leader and a kid who realistically discovers what he really wants to be in life in his teen years. 

Spoiler: show
And OK its a bit harem-y but the game wants you to choose a gf. so yea you are probably going to have to write the story so that every girl has some feeling for him to make any kind of relationship believable (or do the harvest moon thing, where the girl only likes you if you buy them things) Also at the very least the game doesn't let you stick Rean's tougue down Fie or Millium's throat.

 His bland "leader" speeches before bosses are kind of a self-aware in game joke and it works IMO. If he ever said anything of substance in them I think I might be disapointed.
Spoiler: show

I'm not too keen on bringing gundams into CS's story but they are freaking long games and the Evagelions do vary the gameplay a bit and they are woven into the overall story good enough

Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Next Fire Emblem Thread
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:54:06 PM »
I wouldn't mind them using the Echoes battle system or at least nerf the power that some weapons have over other players (that's a nice 18th level pegasus knight you have, I hope you don't mind me sending it to heaven with one arrow). Also feel free to ripoff Banner Saga's 1-3 battle penalty for your player getting axed or severely wounded.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:45:10 PM »

No Spheda though.

Dark Cloud 2 was the original Golf Story and yes Spheda was so damn fun its the reason why I finished DC2 and stopped RG about 40 hours in. 

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:41:53 PM »
Reviews are all over the place.

Also 30 hours is too short for a jrpg imo. I hope that was just people rushing through it.

Rook's JRPG storytelling rule #1: If you only have enough story for a 30 hour game, make your game 30 hours.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 19, 2018, 06:39:55 PM »
HDIVE has legend of the galactic heroes and we do have a new? reboot? out in a few months so I'm going to start it.

Do they still require a subscription? That's the main thing that's put me off that site, which was also my problem with The Anime Network before it...

$4 a month ($5 for 1080p). a small scattering of exclusives, a bunch of dubs. stream works well on chromebook. Not a bad deal I guess.

About 10 episodes in. LoGH is getting good, nothing earth shattering but maybe we are getting there. 

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 19, 2018, 06:29:06 PM »
Dark Cloud 3 was Rogue Galaxy.

N..... no....?

good voice acting, pretty graphics, endless grinds. its all there. 

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:53:33 PM »
Am I seriously the only person who is getting major Dark Cloud 3 vibes from this game?  There should be mega hype here.

(Woot, I managed to bump this thread a day before the 1 year anniversary of Aeolus' last post)

Maybe Dark Cloud 4-ish. Dark Cloud 3 was Rogue Galaxy.

I ordered the Day One edition.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:04:10 PM »
HDIVE has legend of the galactic heroes and we do have a new? reboot? out in a few months so I'm going to start it.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:08:49 PM »
In the Nord Highlands in Cold Steel.

I'm having a heck of a time getting money in this game.  And U-Material for upgrading weapons?  Forget about it.  Definitely feeling like I need to stop and grind now.

Also, I changed Rean's MQ to "Scepter" because lol.  That's what he gets for dying TWICE.

You get a fair bit of u-material late in the game.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:13:12 PM »
Thanks, @Lian_Kazairl , that was what I had noticed, but wasn't sure if there was more to it that I wasn't seeing.

So I could have multiple Attack 2 on Laura?  Or Blind, Poison, and Petrify on Fie, for example?

Fie is good with with the status effect orbs but later in the game for difficult bosses they often dont work. You can actually make Fie an evasion tank and get her evasion up to 90-105%.

I loaded up Laura with attack orbs, gave her Rean's master quartz and often saved her until late to put the finishing blows on some of the difficult bosses.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 Story-Driven RPGs
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:07:39 PM »
Xenogears is one of those games where I found the story itself epic beyond the pale, but found the storytelling somewhat dry and poorly paced.

Xenogears definitely has serious flaws. There is some clunky storytelling and its not a complete game. I just found the characters amazing. Never before there was a rouges gallery of antagonists with different motivations like there was in XG. It also had Miang, the greatest character in any RPG.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: February 26, 2018, 10:25:29 PM »

Also just binged through all of Land of the Lustrous and it's easily an 8-9/10. Probably one of the best shows of 2017.

I was pretty meh on the show for about 8 episodes, then it became great and the season ended.

Made in Abyss also was just so-so for about the 1/2 of the season before it became OMG this is incredible.

It almost makes me wish the days where you had to pay $100-150 for a season just so we could get some 26 episode seasons greenlighted.....almost.

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