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General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread.
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:31:15 PM »
W(ar) of t(he) L(ions)...shouldn't have capitalized the T i guess
Yeah....most of us just call it final fantasy tactics...

Edit: Yeah, I read the reply while at work and missed most of it before I posted. I should have put 2+2 together, my bad.

*Yanks up pants high above waste, puts in pocket protector*

Final Fantasy Tactics usually refers to the PSX title, while War of the Lions refers to the remake (which is different enough from the original that a distinction needs to be made).

*end nerd rant*

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General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread.
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:44:40 PM »
though now that I think of it, my reply may have been against the spirit of this thread...sorry if that's the case

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General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread.
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:10:46 PM »
W(ar) of t(he) L(ions)...shouldn't have capitalized the T i guess

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General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread.
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:49:39 AM »
Yeah, Sword Craft story's my go-to game when I want some lighthearted story with some decent combat and crafting.

I was gonna list some games that I recall not liking before, but want to give a second chance to. However, I think I'll just buckle down and give FFT Scuffle of the kittens a second chance. I mean, I like the Advance games now, so why not?

Edit: or...maybe I should play Shining Force instead...now I'm confused! @_@



IMHO WofTL is probably the best strategy game ever created, you'll kick yourself if you skip it.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:15:12 AM »
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

I actually had a scare over the weekend when I found out my copy of Outbreak had a scratch and froze at a part near the beginning. Thankfully, I have a super nifty device that works wonders on scratched discs.  So now I'm back in the game.

It's kind of funny too, because while everything else .Hack related I have is in pretty good condition, the only other thing that's seen better days is my copy of ".Hack//Another Birth Vol. 3_Outbreak"

Are any of the anime series worth tracking down?  should I watch SIGN before playing the original games?  Does Roots help you understand what the hell is going on in G.U??  I'm a librarian so locating either of those and having them delivered to my branch would take me all of 5 minutes.

I'm going to try and answer that question logically as opposed to as the .Hack fanatic that I am.

- All you really have to know about .Hack//SIGN to understand the games is that the series ends with Skeith pursuing Aura, the rest of the info from the series is repeated with more detail in the games. That being said, .Hack//SIGN is easily the best part of the franchise.

- .Hack//Roots is a direct prequel to .Hack//GU I recommend at least watching the first three volumes (up to the incident with Shino) The rest is filler until the ending (which you see in the game) that is occasionally referenced in the games, but not to a degree that will leave you scratching your head.

If you find yourself really into the story of the first set of games, I recommend .Hack//Another Birth. They're a set of novellas that retell the story from BlackRose's perspective. Not the best written literature, but some of the extra information makes it a nice compliment to the games.

Just made it through the first 5 eps of SIGN.  You guys weren't kidding about the music, it's top notch.  My branch only had a dubbed version though, WHO MAKES A LOCALIZATION OF AN ANIME WITHOUT SUBS??? sons of bitches... thank Zeus the voice acting of Tsukasa and Mimiru isn't completely horrible.  I'll probably hold off on the game until I finish this up though.  I just want to take everything in before moving on to the next thing (also I got caught up in War of the Lions for the umpteenth time....it's basically the perfect game and needs to be revisited on an annual basis).

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Off-topic but:


*librarianfistbump*

"oh...you're a librarian...so you must like books right??"  I get asked this on a weekly basis.  Unfortunately I don't read much outside of Comic Books and Manga so it leads to a lot of awkward conversations with people who still don't understand that a library is so much more than just print material.

which system do you work for?  I'm adult ref at a small carnegie branch of the indianapolis public library system.  I make appalling little for how much school I had to work through but I don't think I could ever do anything else.

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General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:03:13 PM »
Saturday was my 30th birthday, so Sunday morning I woke up with my socks in my pocket.  I'm told I had a good time.

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http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=888137

Here's a good reason why Final Fantasy is no longer considered a mover and shaker of consoles.

While 12 and 13-1 weren't as bad as this, they were still pretty fucking bad about this.


And while we're on the subject of FFXIII-1, I've been going through the game again another LP and there's a few things I've noticed that I didn't notice before. First is just how late in the story the media-res takes place in, by the point where you first get control of Lightning, Vannile and Fang have had almost two weeks of running around and getting Serah, Dahj, and themselves in trouble, Snow's made at least one attempt at trying to fight the man for Serah's sake, Sazh spends the better part of a week trying to look after his L'Cie'd son, and Lightning hunted some monsters with a stick up her ass or something. There's easily room for Lightning to get involved in investigating some of the trouble that Bonnie and Fang were getting themselves up to, Snow could've easily gotten his buddies to help rescue his princess from another castle, and Sazh could've been running support for Dahj or PSI-COM. There's even a big to-do at a powerplant that gets at least Fang, Vanilla, Sazh and PSI-COM involved that could've easily been made playable. Hope's the only one here who doesn't really get much development prior to this because most of his development takes place in Chapter 7 of the final game.

The reason why I say that more of the pre-story could've been shown/played through is because of another observation I've made about the game. The areas that exist in the final product are stupidly large and filled with trash mobs/meaningless encounters. After Chapter 2 where the gang gets robotized L'Cied, the next major plot development happens in Chapter 7 where Lightning realizes what a stupid bitch she's been and is finally trying to figure out what to do with herself and with Hope, Snow comes back from his getting carted off by The Calvary and stops being a fucking meathead about his self-stylized Heroism and Hope's pissy attitude, Hope finally gets that Operation NORA bullshit out of his system, and Fang spills the beans about the actual fucking plot. Granted there's stuff that happens in the intervening chapters but those are mostly minor details, the game's justification of splitting the party for over half the game, and what's Snow been up to. There's just a lot of wasted space and dead air during those chapters.

And my final observation is about how the game is just how badly the writers strung the plot together. While I've already known about how awkwardly a prerendered cutscene shown during the years prior to the game's release gets stapled onto the plot, just the way that the party goes from the plot/character development of Chapter 7 where Hope's dad reveals himself to be the only rational character in the game by suggesting that toppling the government is a bad idea because overthrowing a regime tends to lead to anarchy which is one of the fastest ways to destroy Cocoon which is the very thing they are trying NOT to do, and everybody agrees with this outlook and the chapter ends with Lightning pulling the Stoic out of her ass, Snow admitting that he's no "HERO", Hope putting an end to all that Operation NORA crap, and that PSI-COM guy in all the cutscenes getting gunned down by his own troops The Calvary because he is a jackass to Chapter 9 where Cid (in his second onscreen appearance) is telling the party that now's the time to rescue Vanilie and that guy who finally busted a cap in his own ass after the half dozen attempts of using his guns' cutscene powers (most of which were aimed at Vaan~ile because "Guys, he's so fucking pissed!"; both before and after saving her from Brynhildr and again with a 'force-ghost;doesn't count' moment as well as scoring a sweet ride) and to take down the goovurmint and Stoic-up-the-Butt Lightning and "I'M A HERO" Snow are both all like "HEELS YEAH!!" along with everyone else; and then spending at least 2 and a half/3 hours of going through a bunch of similar looking corridors, fighting the same dozen enemies (almost all of whom are pallet swaps of previous enemies), a couple of speedbump mini bosses, a bunch of meaningless cutscenes (including one crowning moment of awesome for a certain Frocobo, one moment of stupid involving sky fishing, and one otherwise amusing joke run straight into the fucking ground) and one actual boss (also both Cid during his fourth on screen appearance and that PSI-COM guy both showing up during Chapter 13 despite both having onscreen deaths; in fact every appearance Cid makes on screen, he's completely different from any of his previous appearances, his first appearance he's the Brigadier General of Sanctum's The Calvary and seeks to use Snow to lure out the rest of the party so that he can eliminate them in one fell stroke, the second time he's the leader of The Calvary which seeks to see the corrupt government overthrown and is totally cool with the party and willing to help them out, in his third appearance he's a partially crystallized Sanctum L'Cie sent by the Robo-God/Space Pope as a trial for you to overcome and has a tragic death because he was your friend/ally, and finally we see him in Chapter 13 being the new Space Pope and just in time to get gunned down by his own troops for realz this time; the other guy just has a noble sacrifice moment during Chapter 13 after coming back from the dead for some reason).

I' have a masters degree and I'm not entirely certain I've ever thought about anything as deeply as you did when you broke down XIII's plot =p.  Great perspective though!

I empathized with lightning, thought hope was a whiny little baby, wanted to punch snow in his big stupid face, found Sazh's narrative compelling and well thought out, wished they would have done more with Fang and couldn't stand every single second that Vanille was on my tv screen.  The Space Pope reminded me a lot of Kefka from FFVI (who is/was imho the greatest video game character of all time) and I absolutely loved the battle system.  The story was a bit trite but so was other games like Grandia and I consider that one a classic too. 

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:42:42 PM »
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

I actually had a scare over the weekend when I found out my copy of Outbreak had a scratch and froze at a part near the beginning. Thankfully, I have a super nifty device that works wonders on scratched discs.  So now I'm back in the game.

It's kind of funny too, because while everything else .Hack related I have is in pretty good condition, the only other thing that's seen better days is my copy of ".Hack//Another Birth Vol. 3_Outbreak"

Are any of the anime series worth tracking down?  should I watch SIGN before playing the original games?  Does Roots help you understand what the hell is going on in G.U??  I'm a librarian so locating either of those and having them delivered to my branch would take me all of 5 minutes.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:59:43 AM »
Fuck it, I'm finally going to slog through all 7.hack games... I've owned them for years and it's about time I got them all out of the way. Dragon Warrior VII can wait another few months.

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I disagree with almost all of it, but this is fascinating to read other people's opinion.  Most of what I've seen up until now was just derivatives of "XIII SUXXORS!!!"

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It's really not funny, you always post in every ff related topic and do the same thing. Argue that everyone is hating on the game for no reason, get defensive that we counter your arguement with reasons why we hate on it, compare us to people on another forum, then usually go emo about how you're gonna leave forever and its for the best and dunno why I bother posting etc etc. I love your MGS and Resident Evil opinions and most of your other game info is fucking awesome. But dear god, FF around you is like a landmine of emo self hate following mounds of defensive rebuttals plus an awkward "I was totally not serious about how serious I was" comment.

Seriously, check your old posts man, it's a constant.

You two are adorable

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People had a lot of reasons to dislike XIII. To name a few, the lack of exploration til the last 2 story hours of the game, the terrible charater of Lightning, the lack of any real necessary strategy to play the game (auto mode go) as well as the lack of customizing your a.i. for said auto mode, a lack of any real sidequests til the last 2 hours of the game, Vanille (if you're like me at all,I don't need to explain why)....the list can go on for ages but it devolves to nitpicking. Basically, what has always made FF unique seemed to be missing in XIII, and it hurt a lot of fans. Then, the sequels were just insults (albeit far better games overall) to the fans who were still angry over how bad XIII was. It's sort of like blowing up your favorite restaurant, then being forces to watch an edited video of it being blown up, twice.

Shrug, I didn't mind any of that. except Vanille, I think everyone can at least agree on hating that annoying harpee

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General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:46:47 PM »
45 mile club ride today.  It was a C-pace (~14mph) ride.  I did a C+ pace (~16mph) ride last week for 36 miles and it kicked my ass, so I wasn't sure if I could do that for another 10 miles.  Turns out, I should have done the C+ again.  Still, it was a fun ride, though not enough hills for my wacko tastes.  In our group there was a father-daughter duo and when we had about 10-12 miles to the end, the daughter completely hit the wall.  So she and her dad dropped off; the dad was perfectly fine (he's a more experienced rider).  I did not witness this happen and didn't know until another rider told me, because at the time I was pulling the group because the ride leader had started to fade earlier on.  So, no, I didn't get a chance to save the damsel in distress and be a hero. 

bonked!

I need to get back into riding with a group. helps keep you motivated and accountable for putting in a better effort.

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The FF hate has always baffled me a bit. I've yet to play a main FF title I didn't like (to varying degrees).  I even liked XIII enough to run through it 3 times.  Does this make me a fanboy?
No, just clinically depressed and in need of counseling...

I kid.

But I mean, don't get me wrong, I like the FF series. I've played every title at launch since VII up til XIII, and have (with the exception of XII) have beaten them all. However, I'm a realist in regards to the fact that the quality of the games have diminished greatly, I know that FF has become a cult series again, being for fans only. I just don't get why some people can't accept that some people find the games very poorly done as of late...

still can't fathom why so many people hated XIII. twas my favorite RPG for the 360 (not that there was too much competition for that title).

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4?
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:33:42 PM »
PSN+ 2/10 would not bang. Im not sure that at this point the benefits outweigh the costs for me. Im kind of also a bit set in my ways as far as what genres im willing to dive into so the freebies probably wont do anything other than distract me from the games i already want to get to.

thanks for the perspectives everyone.

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