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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« Last post by Arvis on Today at 09:33:46 AM »
1. Tales of Xillia 2
2. Trails of Cold Steel
3. Ni No Kuni 2
4. Trails of Cold Steel 2

5. Valkyria Chronicles 4

This is slow-going, but I'm basically finished with it.  It's pretty much the perfect sequel to VC1 and the story is actually better than I expected.  There are some "morally gray" themes that actually aren't completely mishandled, which is nice for an "anime" RPG.

I have to admit that the Valkyria formula of throwing greater and greater odds at you for you to overcome really stresses me out, but it does feel good when you finally overcome them.  It's just tough starting another battle after finishing one.

Valkyria 4 does an excellent job of balancing its new class, Grenadiers, even though at times it does feel like they're a little overpowered.  However, rarely does it ever feel like it's balanced against the player.  Once you learn to think around Grenadiers, they're almost always an advantage for you.  I just made sure I prioritized the killing of all enemy Grenadiers as soon as possible, heh.

One thing that VC4 really does better than VC1 is in its Squaddies.  The recruitable characters here ALL have their own (optional) story chapters that you unlock by using them in battle.  It's something VC1 was begging for, since it had such interesting and well designed "generic" units.  So to see VC4 really step up to the plate in this area was fantastic.

I don't have many real complaints with the game.  One is that the interface is still stuck in 2007, like the original.  The other is that the "true" ending is locked behind beating the final boss on Hard mode, which is kind of a dealbreaker for me.  Other than that, this is about as perfect as VC1!


Up Next: Octopath Traveler?

Note: I meant to post this here and instead posted it in the Game Journal thread. Sorry.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on Today at 09:31:20 AM »
My only trepidation with Xenoblade 2, @Rook , is those painfully -excruciatingly- awful, ugly, hideous character designs and the gacha mechanics.  Really took the shine off of my anticipation for that title.

On the upside, Elma's in it, so... I'll probably check it out sometime.
Oh, I also want to say that Young Noctis and Young Luna scenes were the most precious thing ever and I wanted moooooaaaaaarrrrrrrsocuuuuuuuuuute!!!


If only Adult Noct and Luna had that much adorableness.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on Yesterday at 09:04:07 PM »

Up Next: Octopath Traveler?

I'd go w/ XBC 2 myself. While not as good as XBCX, it does some things better. Combat is the best XB series (takes a bit to get there) IMO and so are the quests (while still be on the fetch-y side but some are fun).  Grinding isn't really all that necessary (XP and blade build up seems to be more distrubuted by completing quest/discovering). The world is arguably bigger than XBX.  The story is quality. With the exception of some really side characters the VAs are excellent.  On the final chapter now and 120hrs in.

Plus w/ the DLC you get Torna and start w/ 15 legendary cores. So you can relatively start w/ say 8-10 rare blades off the bat.

After XBC2 I'm either going to start VC4 or 428 Shibuya Scramble. Glad to hear VC4 is good.
I'd like to chime in and agree with Alisha too. I think the brotrip and the man on man interactions felt more genuine in this game than in pretty much any other game I've ever played. The walking around and the dude shenanigans felt like something I could relate to. I wouldn't say it was about just playing as a guy, but the experience as a bunch of guys. In a lot of(hell I dare say all) games, the party banter always feel like it's really scripted and just meant to proceed plot or develop character background, but their travel banter was so much more alive. Maybe I appreciate it more as a guy with a lot of guy friends and we sort of act like this (minus the beating up robots and monsters) but it definitely was a huge plus for me.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality.
« Last post by Andrew on Yesterday at 07:26:08 PM »
Agreed on the eidolons, Pat, they were great fights, a couple in particular. I thought Luna was such a missed opportunity. I really liked her! She didn't even need to join as a party character, I just wish they'd used her more.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality.
« Last post by Ramza on Yesterday at 04:48:08 PM »
What about it appealed me? Something like what Alisha said, but in reverse. I LOVE having playable female characters. All female character parties are awesome! I loved FFX-2.

So I actually waited awhile to start FFXV because I didn't really have motivation to start. From the time it switched from VsXIII to XV, I had low expectations. I had heard all the jokes about bromance road trips and boys' club whatever-ever, and how Lunafreya was a non-entity. So ... perhaps the low bar I had set in my mind is a big part of what made me enjoy it.

But honestly ... I really *did* like Noctis' friends. Noctis himself ... meh. But I quickly came to appreciate each of the other guys for who they were. Keep in mind, I went into this game like ... a month ago. So I had all expanded content and DLC.

Gameplay: I loved the combat. I loved all the side quests. I loved the world itself. I loved driving and listening to classic FF tunes. I loved that crazy bonus dungeon "Pitioss" -- puzzle platforming insanity.

I cried during the events of Ch. 9. I *didn't need* to know what fueled the romance between Noctis and Luna. I've seen enough media. They give you enough to get the point. Playing that dual role of fiancee and world-healer Oracle, that was interesting. Feel free to call her one-sided, but her strength and resolve explains itself. I loved the idea that while I played my part, there was someone else playing their part across an ocean.

Ardyn is a weak villain. Prompto's "reveal" could have been handled better. But I still loved the ending.

And finally ... Cosmogony. Giving *specific* story roles to those six traditional FF Eidolons/summons was fantastic. They've never been so large, looming, and daunting before IMO. They also haven't had this much personality (to my knowledge) since FFVI.

I will say ... having gotten all available trophies ... the "Comrades" multiplayer is not fun.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality.
« Last post by Andrew on Yesterday at 03:13:32 PM »
Appreciate your thoughts, thanks Arvis! I actually didn't mind the story ending either, but I felt a lot was lost on me just because I'd found so much of the rest of the story disjointed.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality.
« Last post by Arvis on Yesterday at 11:56:40 AM »
I honestly enjoyed this game a great deal.

Because it's actually a really good game.

I'm not trying to revive a massive debate... I'm just wondering what appealed to you both? I just hated the whole game from start to finish. I thought the open-world was boring, combat took too long (though, to be fair, I probably wasn't very good at it), the main characters weren't engaging and others were underutilised, the dialogue was cringey, and the story was just a head-scratching mess (but, hey, Tetsuya Nomura, so I'm not surprised). The graphics were good, so there's that, I guess.

I'll try to follow your example of concision and just say that the world and music were beautiful, I loved the character dialogue and chemistry (although it desperately needed more Iris or Luna or both), wonderful and immersive dungeon design, and an overall plot that, while a bit too head-scratchy in places I admit, delivered overall with an awesome climax and touching character moments.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 12:38:58 AM »
screw that i'm still kinda salty we got 2 mainline games and not OG3

You mean one mainline game and one piece of shit mobage (I mean sure, its a better stab at it than XO ever was or will be, but its still worthless to me).

At any rate, I'm hoping it'll be available out here on the Switch without jumping through too many hoops, since I can live with the increasingly improved Singlish and it'd be a great piece of software to have on the go.

Yeah, Escaflowne would've been pretty nice to go alongside Rayearth (plus like 5 people owned a Wonderswan so nobody played the one it was in). That being said, they're really continuing their trend of adding some rather odd choices to SRW. I guess once they decided Yamato was in it made sense to start putting in other series only containing ships but no actual robots. Though Saber Marionette J being on that fake list probably should've been a red flag regardless, human-sized units are even rarer in the series (though with this game I suppose we might get to use Cyborg Guy again).

Also it looks like this game will be another one recycling a ton of animations- to be fair after a certain point there's really no point in trying to one-up your Fin Funnel and Breast Fire animations anymore, but it does make me wonder if they're going to start another serialized SRW soon, time seems to be about right for that.

Cyborg Guy!? You mean Cyborg Gai?

But yeah, Saber Marionette J and Sakura Taisen are this particular "leaker's" MO as they have found their way onto the last several pre-stream 'leaks' without fail (I guess I could see the latter happening these days due to the rumors of Sakura Wars VI possibly being in the works, but both of them together is a dead giveaway). As for footies, hell, we got fucking Rayearth, which is 90% on foot action (its pretty much a Shoujo JRPG Adventure until the 'suddenly, giant robots' at the end), nevermind Spike Spegal's Bruce Lee style kung fu or his occasional arsenal for dealing with Vicious, or SUPER ASIA!.

And while it'll be unfortunate to have so many recycled animations, I'm hoping that they'll at least redo GGG and Gun X Sword as neither have seen the series since W and K respectfully.

Hopefully, regardless as to the visual quality, we could at least have a setting that isn't just "Oops! All multiverse." again. I want to see Judau and the Crossbone folks actually deal with the Jovians, STMU/Buster Machine 3, and possibly some of the GGG villains (since we aren't getting GaoGaiGar Final) among other shenanigans.


Have a Singlish trailer. "Its Show time, Chum!"
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